For the first time since early July, Republican nominee Donald Trump has pulled ahead of Hillary Clinton in Florida… and the Hispanic vote is part of the reason.
A new poll just released Wednesday by the Florida Atlantic University shows Trump leading at 43 percent, with Clinton at 41 percent, reports The Hill.
The poll surveyed 1,200 likely voters, and was conducted between Aug. 19-22.
Among Independents, Trump is leading at 47 percent, with Clinton at 26 percent, and his leads are similar among males and white voters.
Clinton is ahead by almost 50 points among female voters and African Americans, and by 10 points among Hispanics.
Looking deeper, the poll actually revealed that Trump has gained among minority voters – now holding 20% of the black vote and 40% of the Hispanic vote in Florida.
Monica Escaleras, director of the university’s Business and Economics Polling Initiative, said, “The race between Clinton and Trump among Hispanics in Florida is closer than it is nationally…. Some of that is probably the Cuban vote. Trump’s support among Latinos in Florida is helping him stay competitive.”
Trump, obviously thrilled with the new poll, posted his thanks on Facebook Wednesday:
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