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Poll: Despite reopened FBI probe, Clinton maintains lead in Virginia — but it's shrinking

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton meets and speaks to Florida voters on Tuesday. (Getty Images/Melina Mara)

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is still ahead in Virginia despite her email controversy reigniting — but her lead isn't quite as considerable as it used to be.

According to the latest Winthrop Poll, 49 percent of Virginians surveyed said they would still vote for the secretary of state. In comparison, 43 percent said they will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump.

In a five-way contest, 44 percent of voters said they would vote for Clinton and 39 percent picked Trump. Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson garnered 5 percent of voters and 2 percent picked Green Party nominee Jill Stein. Two percent of voters picked independent candidate Evan McMullin.

But Clinton once led Trump by more than 11 points in Virginia, according to Real Clear Politics’ aggregated polling data. Now, RCP has Clinton ahead by less than five points.

“With several negative ‘October surprises’ coming out and affecting both candidates, we have seen a tightening of the race in national polls,” Scott Huffmon, director of the Winthrop Poll, said in a statement. “However, while Clinton’s lead in Virginia has shrunk from its highest point, she still leads Donald Trump in the Commonwealth.”

The Winthrop Poll, which was conducted among 712 likely voters by phone between Oct. 23-30, also discovered that Virginians, like many other Americans, don’t have particularly favorable views of either presidential nominee.

Among Democrats, 83 percent found Clinton to be favorable compared to the 6 percent of Republican voters who said the same. And while 68 percent of Republicans thought Trump to be favorable, a whopping 96 percent of Democratic voters found the Manhattan businessman to be unfavorable.

“While Clinton’s favorability with her base is stronger than Trump’s, Republicans aren’t likely to cross party lines to vote for someone who 93 percent of them view unfavorably,” Huffmon said.

With less than a week to go until the election, Clinton leads Trump by 1.7 points nationally, according to Real Clear Politics’ aggregated polling data.

Read more of the Winthrop Poll's findings here.

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