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Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:33

White House Watch: Trump 42%, Clinton 40%

The presidential race has grown a bit tighter in this week’s White House Watch survey.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds Donald Trump with 42% of the vote, while Hillary Clinton earns 40%. Thirteen percent (13%) still like another candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

The survey asked: “If the 2016 presidential election were held today, would you vote for Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton?”

This survey was taken Tuesday evening following FBI Director James Comey's announcement that his agency would not seek any indictments of Clinton despite her "extremely careless" handling of classified information while serving as secretary of State. Most voters disagree with Comey’s decision.

Trump pulled ahead of Clinton last week 43% to 39%, his highest level of support in Rasmussen Reports’ matchups with Clinton since last October. Support for Clinton remains below the level of support she received for most of June.

Trump now earns 73% support among his fellow Republicans and picks up 13% of the Democratic vote. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of Democrats like Clinton, as do 11% of GOP voters. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, Trump holds a 20-point lead, but 33% of these voters like some other candidate or are undecided.

The inclusion of Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson on a hypothetical 2016 general election ballot makes little difference in terms of support for likely major party nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, with a sizable number of voters still looking elsewhere.

Information source: http://www.rasmussenreports.com