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Clinton pulls ahead of Trump in Ohio

Surveys show Democrat breaking months-long tie

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is now leading her Republican rival in the first polling in the state following the national conventions of both parties.

A survey by Quinnipiac University, released Tuesday, found the former U.S. secretary of state leading real estate tycoon and reality TV star Donald Trump, 49 to 45 percent.

The survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent.

When third party candidates, Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party, are factored in, Clinton leads 44 to 42 percent. Johnson garners 8 percent of the vote, while Stein receives 3 percent.

The survey was released on the same day as Quinnipiac’s polls of Florida and Pennsylvania, states, like Ohio, which are considered battlegrounds for the November election.

Clinton led 52 to 42 percent in Pennsylvania and 46 to 45 percent in Florida.

The poll also marks the first of Quinnipiac’s shift from surveying likely voters, rather than registered voters, a practice the firm employs in the final months before an election.

The survey of 812 voters was conducted from July 30-Aug.7.

Meanwhile, a poll from the Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist showed Clinton leading Trump in the state, 43 to 38 percent. The survey, released Tuesday, of 889 voters had a margin of error of +/- 3.3 percent.

Previous polling from the group had found the race tied.

Clinton leads Trump, 47 to 38 percent, in the group’s latest national poll.