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Early poll gives Hillary Clinton edge over Donald Trump in Arizona

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PHOENIX — The general election is still months away, but an early poll said presumed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has an early edge over Republican counterpart Donald Trump in Arizona.

The poll, conducted by OH Predictive Insights, said Clinton has support from 46.5 percent of voters in the state, while Trump trails with 42.2 percent.

The remainder said they do not support a candidate yet or are planning to go with a third party.

Clinton’s lead is larger than the margin of error in the poll.

If the poll results hold true and Clinton wins the state, it will be the first time a Democrat has won the presidential vote in Arizona since Bill Clinton — Hillary Clinton’s husband — did so in 1996.

“It’s shocking to think that a Democratic presidential candidate would carry Arizona if the election were held today, considering that every statewide office in Arizona is held by a Republican as well as significant majorities in the Arizona House and Senate,” OH Predictive Insights partner Wes Gullett said in a release.

The poll also revealed both Clinton and Trump enjoy support among certain populations in the state.

“Different regions yielded different results for the candidates,” OH Predictive Insights managing partner Mike Noble said in the same release. “Trump did better than Clinton by six points in rural Arizona while Clinton experienced a 17-point lead in Pima County.”

Noble went on to say the candidates are virtually tied in Maricopa County.

Clinton also held a 12-point lead with female voters.

The poll was conducted June 20 and included 1,060 registered voters.

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