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Presidential race too close to call in critical states, according to new poll

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A Quinnipiac poll shows Donald Trump edging Hillary Clinton in three critical swing states. A Quinnipiac poll shows Donald Trump edging Hillary Clinton in three critical swing states.
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With honesty and trust possibly playing a role in the latest presidential poll, Democrat Hillary Clinton is lost an eight point lead over Republican Donald Trump.

The new poll by Quinnipiac University released on Wednesday also found the race too close to call in the critical swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Since 1960, no candidate has won the presidential race without taking at least two of those three states, according to researchers.

The poll showed that Clinton lost ground on almost every measure since the last survey on June 21.

Here's how it breaks down:

  • Florida: Trump leads 42 percent to Clinton's 39 percent. 
  • Ohio: Clinton and Trump tied at 41 percent.
  • Pennsylvania: Trump leads 43 percent to Clinton's 41 percent.

When Libertarian Gary Johnson is added to the mix:

  • Florida: Trump 41 percent, Clinton 36 percent, Johnson 7 percent.
  • Ohio: Trump 37 percent, Clinton 36 percent, Johnson 7 percent.
  • Pennsylvania: Trump 40 percent, Clinton 30 percent, Johnson 9 percent.

"Donald Trump enters the Republican Convention on a small roll in the three most important swing states in the country," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the poll. "He has wiped out Hillary Clinton's lead in Florida; is on the upside of too-close to call races in Florida and Pennsylvania and is locked in a dead heat in Ohio."

Brown noted that there is no definite link between the drop in Clinton's numbers and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to not prosecute her for the handling of classified emails.

"[However], she has lost ground to Trump on questions which measure moral standards and honesty," Brown said.

For more on the poll, click here.

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