Hillary Clinton has lost her 8-point lead in Florida and Donald Trump now holds a slim lead in Pennsylvania and the two are tied in Ohio, according to a new poll released Wednesday.
Trump leads Clinton, 42 percent to 39 percent in Florida — an eleven point swing from the same poll last month. Trump holds a two point lead over Clinton in Florida, 43 percent to 41 percent, and the two are tied in Ohio at 41 percent.
When the poll factors in the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Trump still beats Clinton in all those three states. In Florida and Pennsylvania, Trump’s margin increases when the third party candidates are included in the poll.
“Donald Trump enters the Republican Convention on a small roll in the three most important swing states in the country. He has wiped out Hillary Clinton’s lead in Florida; is on the upside of too-close to call races in Florida and Pennsylvania and is locked in a dead heat in Ohio,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac.
The poll comes after FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server as secretary of State.
“While there is no definite link between Clinton’s drop in Florida and the U.S. Justice Department decision not to prosecute her for her handling of emails, she has lost ground to Trump on questions which measure more standard and honesty,” Brown said.
The survey was conducted June 30 through July 11 via landlines and cellphones. The poll of 1,015 Florida voters has a margin of error of 3.1 points, the poll of 955 Ohio voters has a margin of error of 3.2 points, and the poll of 982 Pennsylvania voters has a margin of error of 3.1 points.