Poll: Trump Starts With More Than a Puncher's Chance

Presumptive GOP nominee within two points of Clinton nationally

Donald Trump has made gains among independents, women and moderates, according to a new poll released Tuesday. (Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Donald Trump has more than a puncher’s chance against Hillary Clinton. A new poll suggests their anticipated general election matchup could be too close to call.  

The presumptive Republican nominee has pulled within two percentage points of the Democratic front-runner, according to a Morning Consult poll released Tuesday. In fact, Trump is now within the survey’s 2-point margin of error, trailing the former secretary of state 42 percent to 40 percent.  

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Clinton is down 2 points from last week's poll, suggesting a bump from Trump's locking up of the GOP nomination while she struggles to put away  Democratic primary challenger Sen. Bernard Sanders.  

“The new poll shows Trump making gains among independents, women, and those who classify themselves as moderates,” according to a summary of the poll. “He increased his support among independent voters by three points, while Clinton’s support fell by two points.  

The poll surveyed 3,971 registered voters between May 11 and 15.  

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