CNU Poll: Clinton leads in Virginia ahead of Election Day

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump listens to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton leads by six points among likely voters in Virginia ahead of Election Day on Tuesday, according to a new poll from the Christopher Newport University Wason Center for Public Policy.

Clinton leads GOP rival Donald Trump 48-42 in a full five-candidate ballot in CNU’s poll, which was released Monday morning.

Trump had closed Clinton’s once commanding 15-point lead in the previous CNU polling, but that margin appears to have held steady in the past few weeks.

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Clinton also appears to hold an advantage in party loyalty among likely Virginia voters, with the support of 92 percent of Democrats. Trump, meanwhile, has support of 82 percent of Republicans in CNU’s poll.

“Any electoral victory has to begin with fundamentally solid party support,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Center. “Clinton has that going into Election Day, and Trump continues to struggle with it.”

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Clinton’s lead in the final CNU poll comes on the heals of FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that it would be looking into more emails as a part of an investigation into Anthony Weiner.

The FBI has since concluded that it would not be charging Clinton following its review of the emails.

Trump holds a 62-29 advantage among white men voters — his strongest area of support. White voters favor Trump 54-36 overall, with Clinton holding a strong 89-5 lead with African-American voters.

CNU’s final poll before the election was conducted between Nov. 1 and Nov. 6 among 1,193 likely Virginia voters.

It has a +/- 3.6 percent margin of error.