Close race to inherit Obama mantle

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US voters are split between the choice of Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical matchup of the general election in November, a new poll said.

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Quoting the NBC News/SurveyMonkey online tracking poll, Xinhua said that Clinton’s margin over Trump narrows from five points last week to three points this week to 48 percent to 45 percent.

While Clinton holds an overwhelming lead among African-American and Hispanic voters, with 75 points gap and 37 points gap respectively, Trump is the preferred candidate among white voters by 14 points over Clinton, said the poll.

As in past general elections, independent voters are expected to hold sway in this November. At this moment, the poll showed that Trump leads Clinton by eight points among independent voters, 44 percent to 36 percent.

The poll was conducted online on May 9 through May 15. A total of 14,100 adults, including 12,507 who say they are registered voters, were interviewed. The margin of error was 1.2 points.

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