PHOENIX — Poll results released Wednesday show Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump topping his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton, in November’s general election in Arizona.
The poll from CNN showed Trump has support with 43 percent of registered voters, while Clinton has 38 percent.
Two other presidential nominees — Gary Johnson and Jill Stein — have 12 percent and 4 percent of the support.
Trump’s lead in Arizona is credited to his support among independent voters — 41 percent responded that they support the New York billionaire. About 27 percent said they back Clinton.
The poll said Trump is leading Clinton in the demographics of veterans and white people, but is trailing when it comes to minority voters.
The pair appear to be in a dead heat when it comes to comparing male and female voters.
According to the poll, Arizona voters feel Trump will better handle immigration and health care issues, while Clinton is better suited to handle foreign policy.
That immigration lead could change should Trump give a possible policy speech in the Valley next week.
CNN said the poll does not show a large change when the results were narrowed to likely voters, but Trump would enjoy a seven-point lead over Clinton.
Trump winning in Arizona would not come as a surprise, at least historically. A Democrat has only taken the state twice since the 1940s.
However, a poll conducted in June gave Clinton a slight edge over Trump.
The CNN poll was conducted over the phone between Aug. 18-23. The agency polled 1,003 adults, 842 of whom were registered voters.
The margin of error in the poll is 3.5 percent.
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