Last week wasn't exactly easy for Hillary Clinton and her campaign team. The Democratic presidential hopeful got pneumonia; she and her aides didn't handle the disclosure well; there was an embarrassing video of Clinton feeling ill at a 9/11 event; and much of the political conversation focused on her criticism of Donald Trump's most racist and "deplorable" supporters.
Clinton, off the trail for a few days, saw the polls tighten and her odds of success fall. There was a renewed sense that Trump had a credible chance of becoming president after all.
With this in mind, it's likely some Democrats are breathing just a little
easier in light of the latest national polling. For example, a new McClatchy/Marist poll
, out this morning, has the race shaping up this way:
Hillary Clinton: 45%
Donald Trump: 39%
Gary Johnson: 10%
Jill Stein: 4%
In a head-to-head match-up, Clinton's lead in this poll is seven points, 48% to 41%.
The results are largely in line with the latest national Associated Press poll
, which was also released this morning, and which also shows Clinton with a six-point advantage over her Republican rival in a four-way contest.
All of this also coincides with the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll
, released late Wednesday, which was nearly identical to the McClatchy/Marist results. Taken together, that's three major national polls over the last three days -- conducted after last week's difficulties for the former Secretary of State -- each of which found Clinton leading Trump by six points, even with the third-party candidates in the mix.
As for the overall averages, the major poll aggregators now point to Clinton ahead by three or four
points. That's hardly an overwhelming advantage, but after hitting last week's rough patch, it's likely the Democratic campaign is relieved to be leading at all. read more