Amid a growing number of accusations by women who claim they were groped by Republican nominee Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton continues to maintain her lead in recent polls. The Democratic presidential nominee leads Trump among likely voters 44 percent to 37 percent while 6 percent back Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and 2 percent back Green Party nominee Jill Stein, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll.
The numbers are actually a tick below Tuesday when the Reuters/Ipsos poll showed Clinton leading by eight percentage points.
Fox News also has Clinton leading a four-way race and making gains from their previous poll. Clinton comes in at 45 percent compared to Trump’s 38 percent, while Johnson is at 7 percent and Stein has 3 percent support. Clinton previously held just a 44 percent to 42 percent lead on Trump.
Clinton also continues to be holding onto key swing states. A WBUR poll has Clinton leading Trump, 41 percent to 38 percent in New Hampshire. Meanwhile, Johnson appears to be a key determining factor at 11 percent.
Clinton also has slim leads in Ohio (18 electoral votes), North Carolina (15 electoral votes), Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes) and Virginia (13 electoral votes). In Florida (29 electoral votes), an Opinion Savvy poll had Clinton leading among likely voters had Clinton leading Trump, 47 percent to 44 percent, with Johnson at 5 percent and Stein at 1 percent.
Trump may need to perform at his best in the upcoming debate on Oct. 19 at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and for Clinton to have a major meltdown, to be competitive. The electoral map does not look encouraging for Trump.
According to The Washington Post's electoral map, Clinton has 273 electoral votes, three more than required 270 it takes to win. But the map doesn't give her the top battleground states: Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Arizona, and Nevada—all states where she has a reasonable chance of winning.
Multiple accounts from women who claim Trump groped them also isn't helping.
After a 2005 recording that was released last week of Trump making lewd remarks about women and boasting of making unwanted sexual advances, there have been at least 20 instances of women who publicly accused the billionaire businessman of groping and forcibly kissing them.
Meanwhile, Johnson and Stein continue to make inroads from their poll numbers in 2012. Both candidates ran for president four years ago, and both failed to reach 1 percent. Johnson has polled as high as 9 percent in October, while Stein has polled as high as 3 percent.