With less than 60 days until the presidential election, Hillary Clinton is keeping the pressure on Donald Trump in two reliably Republican states that could tip her way. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday finds that the former secretary of State trails the businessman by just two points in both Arizona and Georgia, two states that have voted for the GOP in every recent presidential election but have recently been considered swing states.
In Arizona, Trump maintains a lead of 40 percent to 38 percent, while Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson gets 12 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein attracts 3 percent. In Georgia, Trump takes in 44 percent and Clinton gets 42 percent, while Johnson takes in 10 percent and Stein gets 1 percent.
For the nation as a whole, Clinton is beating Trump among likely voters with a 46 percent to 41 percent lead, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll shows. When surveying all registered voters, Clinton beats out Trump 45 percent to 35 percent.
That new poll is good news for Clinton, who has seen a post-convention bump slowly drained over the past couple of months. A CNN/ORC survey released last week had Trump in the lead over Clinton at 45 percent to 43 percent.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll also shows that President Barack Obama has an approval rating of 58 percent, his highest since July 2009. That approval could potentially help Clinton, who has backed the popular president's policies.
In projections from sites like FiveThirtyEight, Clinton is heavily favored to win the election this November. That website gives her a 70.7 percent chance of winning compared to Trump’s 29.3 percent chance of winning. Clinton is favored in most major swing states, including Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Ohio.
That favorability is a stark contrast to the end of July, when the two candidates had about the same odds of winning the election.
The Washington Post/ABC News poll interviewed a random national sample of 1,002 adults with a margin of error of 3.5 percent. The NBC/WSJ poll interviewed 649 likely voters in Arizona and 625 likely voters in Georgia. In those states, there was a margin of error of 3.8 percentage points and 3.9 percentage points, respectively.