Poll: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton virtually tied in Arizona

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Reuters/Trump photo: Chris Keane; Clinton photo: Rainier Ehrhardt

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are neck and neck in the battleground state of Arizona, according to a Monmouth University survey released Tuesday.

The poll, which is Monmouth’s first 2016 survey in Arizona, found 46 percent of the state’s likely voters support Trump while 45 percent back Clinton. Four percent said they plan to vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 1 percent said they support Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

More than two-thirds, 67 percent, of non-white voters in the state support Clinton while just over a quarter back Trump. Sixty-five percent of Hispanic voters also back Clinton compared to just under a third who support Trump. A majority of white voters in Arizona support Trump, the poll found.

Clinton leads among those who have cast their votes early while Trump leads among those who have not yet cast their ballots. Forty percent of people surveyed said they have already voted.

A Democratic presidential nominee has carried the traditionally Republican state only once in the last 64 years -- the state went for Bill Clinton in 1996. Last month, the Arizona Republic endorsed Hillary Clinton -- the first time in its 120-year history that it has backed a Democrat for president.

The state’s Incumbent GOP Sen. John McCain and 2008 GOP presidential nominee, who is up for reelection, leads his Democratic challenger Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick by 10 percentage points -- 50 percent to 40 percent, according to the poll. McCain withdrew his endorsement of Trump in early October after the 2005 “Access Hollywood” video came out showing Trump making lewd comments about women.

While 79 percent of Trump supporters back McCain, so do 19 percent of Clinton voters. Just over three-quarters of Clinton supporters back Kirkpatrick, as do 9 percent of Trump voters.

The poll surveyed 401 Arizona likely voters between Oct. 21 and 24 with a 4.9 percentage point margin of error.

  • Rebecca Shabad

    Rebecca Shabad is a video reporter for CBS News Digital.