- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 16, 2016

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads likely GOP nominee Donald Trump by 6 points, according to a national poll released this week.

Mrs. Clinton was at 43 percent in the CBS polling released Wednesday and Mr. Trump was at 37 percent. The 6-point lead for Mrs. Clinton is the same margin from last month.

The survey was conducted from June 9-13, and most of the interviewing was done before the terrorist attack in Orlando early Sunday. Mrs. Clinton effectively wrapped up the Democratic nomination by winning four of six states that voted on June 7.

With Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson added to the mix, Mrs. Clinton was at 39 percent, Mr. Trump was at 32 percent, and Mr. Johnson was at 11 percent.

Mrs. Clinton, however, still faces hurdles with the private email server she set up for use as secretary of state.

About two-thirds said she did something wrong when she set up the personal email address and server for work. Forty-one percent said what she did was illegal, 25 percent said it was improper but not illegal, and 26 percent said she did nothing wrong.

She also could face challenges bringing supporters of Sen. Bernard Sanders into the fold.

Most Democratic primary voters overall want Mr. Sanders to support Mrs. Clinton as the nominee for president at this point - but most Sanders supporters say he should fight to become the nominee at the party convention in July.

Seventy-eight percent said Mr. Sanders does not have a real chance to become the party’s presidential nominee. But 41 percent of Sanders supporters said he does, compared to 58 percent who said he does not.

And 67 percent said the process of selecting the party’s 2016 nominee has been fair, but 57 percent of Sanders supporters said it has not been fair.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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