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Exclusive: Trump ties up with Clinton in polls

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>> I want the primaries to keep going. But everybody's out, I'm the only one left that's okay, right?>> A huge surge in the polls for Donald Trump. He's now running almost even with Hilary Clinton. After trailing her for quite some time, he's closed almost a double digit gap from last week.
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I'm Chris Kahn, Reuters polling editor, and we've been asking this question for many, many months. The questions is if, in a general election, if it was Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, which one would you vote for? For the most part, Hillary Clinton has been a statistically significant lead over Donald Trump for quite some time.
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Every now and then he gets close and just recently over the past week, Donald Trump has surged in the polls. And there's a number of reasons for that. A few of them is, he's just dominated the headlines. This is a week in which Donald Trump has really consolidated support.
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He's the presumptive GOP nominee now. He's taken on the Republican establishment, he's really kind of going back and forth with Paul Ryan, he's sparring publicly with a lot of the other leaders. He's someone that you really can't not pay attention to, and that's really affecting his numbers. This could signal a much closer race going forward.
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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are two people who are relatively polarizing, unpopular with large swaths of the electorate. You know, voters really want to learn a lot more about both candidates. We ask questions like would you trust either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton to be Commander in Chief?
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Or to manage the economy, or energy policy, or all sorts of things that are key Presidential duties. For the most part, a majority say no. They still wanna learn more about these candidates, there's still a lot of room to grow in this race. And so this really, you know, we're starting a general election which really, both of them are pretty much tied in our poll.
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A lot can happen from here, we still have a lot to learn about these candidates, and this poll is showing that.