Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump leaves the courthouse after serving on jury duty in New York on Aug. 17, 2015. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting on Aug. 18, 2015, in Las Vegas.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, in New York and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in Las Vegas.  Seth Wenig, John Locher—AP

Donald Trump Gains on Hillary Clinton in 2016 Poll

Aug 19, 2015

Donald Trump is starting to close the gap in a potential general election matchup with Hillary Clinton, according to a new poll, even amid growing concerns about his electability.

The CNN/ORC survey released Wednesday found Trump, who is leading national and early-state polls in the Republican presidential primary race, trailing Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner, by just six percentage points. Clinton was ahead of Trump in a hypothetical general election by 16 points in July.

It's just the latest indicator that Trump continues to defy the usual laws of political gravity, successfully shaking off one series of controversial remarks after enough. And it comes as the enduring controversy over Clinton's use of a private email server while she was Secretary of State continues to chip away at how voters view her.

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Clinton also leads Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by six points. She's ahead of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by nine points.

The poll of 897 registered voters, conducted Aug. 13-16, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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