Trump within striking distance of Clinton in new poll

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CNN Poll Shows Trump Is Real Competition Now
Donald Trump would mount a competitive challenge to Hillary Clinton in a general election, according to a new survey out from CNN/ORC.

The latest data shows Clinton would beat Trump by a mere six points if voters cast their ballots for president today. According to CNN, Trump trailed Clinton by 16 points in July and narrowed his gap by boosting his support from Republicans and Republican-leaning independents.

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The same poll also finds she would beat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by six points and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 9 points.

Clinton's support continues to wane in the new poll, which comes as the controversy surrounding her use of private email during her time as secretary of state grows.

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump waves as he arrives at U.S. Federal Court to report for jury duty on August 17, 2015 in New York City. Trump spent the last few days on the campaign trail at the Iowa state fair before returning to New York to perform the civic duty. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Donald Trump is surrounded by a sea of reporters as he arrives for jury duty at New York Supreme Court August 17, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trump arrives for jury duty at New York Supreme Court August 17, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
Donald Trump, center, gives a fist bump to a pedestrian as he arrives for jury duty in New York, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Trump was due to report for jury duty Monday in Manhattan. The front-runner said last week before a rally in New Hampshire that he would willingly take a break from the campaign trail to answer the summons. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Donald Trump arrives for jury duty in New York, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Trump was due to report for jury duty Monday in Manhattan. The front-runner said last week before a rally in New Hampshire that he would willingly take a break from the campaign trail to answer the summons. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump gives the thumbs up as he arrives at U.S. Federal Court to report for jury duty on August 17, 2015 in New York City. Trump spent the last few days on the campaign trail at the Iowa state fair before returning to New York to perform the civic duty. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Donald Trump arrives for jury duty at New York Supreme Court August 17, 2015 in New York. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump leaves Manhattan Supreme Court where he is serving on jury duty on August 17, 2015 in New York City. Trump spent the last few days on the campaign trail at the Iowa state fair before returning to New York to perform the civic duty. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 17: Republican Presidential hopeful Donald Trump leaves Manhattan Supreme Court where he is serving on jury duty on August 17, 2015 in New York City. Trump spent the last few days on the campaign trail at the Iowa state fair before returning to New York to perform the civic duty. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up as he leaves for lunch after being summoned for jury duty in New York, Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. Trump was due to report for jury duty Monday in Manhattan. The front-runner said last week before a rally in New Hampshire that he would willingly take a break from the campaign trail to answer the summons. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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For the first time her support among Democrats and Independents who lean Democratic has dropped below 50 percent, with only 49 percent naming her as their preferred candidate versus 29 percent naming Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Vice President Joe Biden, who has not yet joined the race, gets 14 percent of the Democratic support.

Meanwhile Trump, who initially drew backlash from establishment Republicans over some of his more controversial comments about women and immigrants, has steadily gained steam.

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The latest polling has shown Bush, once seen as an obvious frontrunner, dropping to second and even third behind underdog neurosurgeon-turned-candidate Ben Carson.

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Business mogul Donald Trump (R)

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Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (D)

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Neurosurgeon Ben Carson of Maryland (R)

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R)

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky (R)

(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senator Marco Rubio of Florida (R)

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of New York (D)

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Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania (R)

(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (R)

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Former CEO, Businesswoman Carly Fiorina of California (R)

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Senator Ted Cruz of Texas (R)

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Former New York Governor George Pataki (R)

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Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina (R)

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D)

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R)

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Ohio Governor John Kasich (R)

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore (R)

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