Clinton, Trump target North Carolina as Clinton holds slight lead

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump head to North Carolina on Thursday in a final effort to shore up support in the swing state as two polls showed Clinton maintaining a narrow lead nationally just days ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.

The surveys by the New York Times/CBS and the Washington Post/ABC echoed other national polls that have shown Clinton with a slimmer lead over Trump since the re-emergence last week of a controversy over her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

Clinton led by 3 percentage points among 1,333 registered voters in the Times/CBS poll taken October 28 to November 1. The Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Oct. 28 that it was reviewing a new batch of emails that might be related to her email practices.

The survey, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, showed Clinton with 45 percent support compared to 42 percent for Trump, according to the Times.

“About six in 10 voters over all said that the 11th-hour disclosures about each candidate would make no real difference in their vote,” the Times said.

There were also strong differences by gender, with more women supporting Clinton and Trump leading among men. More detailed results from the poll were expected later on Thursday.

Separately, a Washington Post/ABC poll showed Clinton 2 percentage points ahead among 1,767 likely voters surveyed October 29  to November  1, 47 percent to Trump’s 45 percent.

It also had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll on Wednesday found Clinton leading Trump by 6 percentage points, the same advantage she held before FBI Director James Comey released his letter.

An average of polls compiled by RealClearPolitics website showed Clinton ahead by 1.7 percentage points on Thursday, well down from the solid lead she had until late last month.

The tightening White House race has rattled financial markets as investors weigh a possible Trump victory. Investors have generally seen Clinton as the candidate who would maintain the status quo, while there is more market uncertainty over what a Trump presidency might mean in terms of economic policy, free trade and geopolitics.