Hillary Clinton is widening her lead over Donald Trump in key battleground states, new polls have found.
According to four new NBC/WSJ/Marist polls, Clinton is leading Trump by nine points in North Carolina. In 2008, the state narrowly went for then-Democratic nominee Barack Obama, and in 2012 it reversed and went with a similarly slim margin to Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The poll also found that Clinton is leading Trump 44% to 39% in Florida, 46% to 32% in Colorado, and 46% to 33% in Virginia, her vice presidential pick Tim Kaine’s home state. According to NBC, Clinton’s lead in Colorado grew by 6 points after the conventions.
If Clinton were to win all four of these key states, it would all but shut Trump out from getting the 270 necessary electoral college votes to win.
The NBC/WSJ/Marist polls were conducted from August 4-10. They surveyed 899 registered voters in Colorado with a margin of error plus-minus 3.3 percentage points, 862 registered voters in Florida with a margin of error plus-minus 3.3 percentage points, 921 registered voters in North Carolina with a margin of error plus-minus 3.2 percentage points, and 897 registered voters in Virginia with a margin of error plus-minus 3.3 percentage points.
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