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Donald Trump inches ahead of Hillary Clinton in new national poll

A CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday finds Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton essentially tied among likely voters, with Trump ahead 45 percent to 43 percent — within the poll's margin of error — Libertarian Gary Johnson at 7 percent, and Green Party candidate Jill Stein at 2 percent. Among all registered voters, Clinton leads, 45 percent to 41 percent, due more to a rise in Trump's numbers than a dip in Clinton's. A separate poll Tuesday from NBC News/SurveyMonkey found the race unchanged, with Clinton leading Trump by 6 points among registered voters and 4 points when Johnson and Stein are included.

Both candidates were in Ohio on Monday, and are headed to critical swing states in the South on Tuesday: Trump will be in Virginia and North Carolina while Clinton travels to Florida. The CNN/ORC poll includes 786 likely voters contacted Sept. 1-4, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points; the NBC/SurveyMonkey tracking poll was conducted online Aug. 29-Sept. 4 among 32,226 registered voters, and has an error margin of 1 point. For more information on the CNN/ORC poll, watch CNN's report below. Peter Weber