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CBS Poll: Clinton Holds Narrow Lead In Florida, Trump Ahead In Texas

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Democratic presidential Hillary Clinton holds a narrow lead over Republican Donald Trump in Florida, while Trump has a slight edge in Texas -- two battleground states where voters are key ahead of the upcoming November election.


According to a new CBS poll, Clinton holds a three-point lead over Trump in Florida, with 46 percent of the vote, as compared to Trump's 43 percent. Trump is currently polling ahead in Texas, with a slim 46-to-43 percent lead.

Eight out of ten Republicans from both states have expressed their concerns over voter fraud, following Trump's own claims over the election being rigged in favor of his Democratic rival. According to the poll, nearly 72 percent of Republicans in Florida believe that Trump could win in November if it weren't for fraud.

When it comes to voter support, Clinton has a stronger backing, polling at 91 percent as compared to Trump's 82 percent. However, voters have expressed some uncertainty over particular issues surrounding each candidate.

According to the poll, only 37 percent of likely Florida voters believe that Clinton has fully addressed the ongoing email scandal, with 59 percent of likely Texas voters echoing that sentiment. When it comes to Trump's recent scandal surrounding sexual assault allegations, more than 50 percent of voters from both states believe there is "more to come."

Voter enthusiasm is high in both states -- in Florida, 73 percent of respondents said they planned to head to the polls on Election Day, with another 25 percent saying they have already voted. In Texas, 89 percent of respondents said they are planning to vote, with 4 percent saying they have already voted.

Trump Clinton's campaign managers agree that the 2016 election will be a fight until the bitter end.

Trump aide Kellyanne Conway told "Fox News Sunday'' that she's counting on swing voters to carry key battleground states, adding that "we're not giving up. We know we can win this.''

Meanwhile, Robby Mook suggested the Clinton campaign won't stop at just the needed 270 electoral votes. While 270 is still the goal, he said, Clinton is expanding her map because traditionally red states like Arizona are now in play. He said: "We're not running away with this. This race is going to be competitive up until the end.''

Clinton will be campaigning in North Carolina on Sunday.

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