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Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump straight-up tied in Florida, says new Quinnipiac poll

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in tied in Florida, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

The poll shows the two candidates dead even at 47 percent in a one-on-one matchup. With Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein added to the mix, the two remain tied at 43 percent each. Johnson gets 8 percent, and Stein is at 2 percent (all four candidates will be on the ballot in Florida).

Perhaps most interestingly, Trump leads Clinton among independents in Florida, 48 percent to 39 percent. Florida women back Clinton 56-36 percent, while men back Trump 58-36 percent. White voters back Trump 59-36 percent, as nonwhite voters go to Clinton 67-25 percent.

“To understand the racial divide in the electorate, consider the sharp contrast between white men and nonwhite voters in Florida,” says Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown. “Trump is getting just 25 percent from minority voters, while Clinton gets just 26 percent of white men.”

The results of the poll compared to a similar survey taken a month ago show very little movement in Florida. In an August poll, Clinton led Trump by a single point, 46 to 45 percent in a straight up matchup, and was tied at 43 percent with Johnson and Stein added to the mix.

The poll interviewed 761 Florida likely voters between August 29-September 7, with a margin of error of +/- 3.6 percentage points.

Quinnipiac also took similar polls in the battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. In Pennsylvania, Clinton maintains a five-point percentage lead, 44 percent to 39 percent. In North Carolina, she leads 42 to 38 percent for Trump. In Ohio, Trump leads Clinton, 41 to 37 percent.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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