- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by one point in Missouri, a state that has voted Republican in the last four presidential elections, according to a Monmouth University poll released Tuesday.

Mr. Trump had a 44 percent to 43 percent lead over Mrs. Clinton in the poll, with Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson at 8 percent and 6 percent either undecided or opting for another candidate.

“The race was a squeaker the last time there was a vacancy in the Oval Office. In that respect, this year looks more like 2008 than 2012 when Romney won the state by ten points,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

President Obama came close to winning Missouri in 2008, losing it to GOP nominee John McCain by less than a percentage point.

Mr. Trump has about a three-point lead over Mrs. Clinton in the state, according to the latest Real Clear Politics average, which includes the Monmouth poll.



In the U.S. Senate race in the state, GOP Sen. Roy Blunt had a five-point, 48 percent to 43 percent lead over Democratic challenger Jason Kander in the poll.

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