Hillary Clinton has 44-39 lead on Donald Trump in new Florida poll; Marco Rubio up by 6

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in Florida and six other swing states, according to new Marist polls.

Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in Florida and six other swing states, according to new Marist polls.

Hillary Clinton holds a 44-to-39 percent lead over Donald Trump in Florida in a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll — one of seven swing states where Marist finds Clinton pulling ahead of Trump this week.

 

The poll, which has a 3.3 percent margin of error, also gives Republican Sen. Marco Rubio a 49-to-43 percent lead over Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy of Jupiter in a hypothetical general election matchup. Rubio faces an Aug. 30 primary against Carlos Beruff while Murphy faces Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Orlando, in the Democratic primary.

 

In the presidential race, 54 percent of Florida voters have an unfavorable opinion of Clinton while 62 percent have an unfavorable opinion of Trump. Voters approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing by a 49-to-44 percent margin.

 

Florida is essential for Republican hopes of winning the White House. Marist polls released this week also find Clinton leading Trump in the key battlegrounds of Ohio (43-38), Pennsylvania (48-37), Iowa (41-37), North Carolina (48-39), Virginia (46-33) and Colorado (46-32).

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