Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by two points in all-important North Carolina, according to the latest Suffolk University poll released Thursday.
- Clinton: 45 percent
- Trump: 43 percent
- Gary Johnson: 5 percent
- Undecided: 5 percent
However, Clinton's lead falls well within the poll's margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent.
Trump led this poll in September by three points.
"The five-point swing is due to an improvement among women supporting Hillary Clinton and a Trump decline among independents," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. "These two groups of voters have tipped more to Clinton recently, and she appears to have benefited from the fallout over Trump's lewd comments about women."
Clinton has an 11-point lead among women, and the Democratic nominee has cut Trump's 17-point lead with Independents to just seven points.
The survey of 500 likely voters was conducted Oct. 10 to 12, and the margin of error is +/-4.4 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence.
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