Arizona dead heat for Clinton and Trump, new polls show

Polls show a virtual tie for Trump and Clinton.

It would be a shocker if Hillary Clinton won Arizona, a state that's voted Democratic just once in 68 years.

But two polls out Thursday show Clinton has a shot at turning red Arizona a shade of blue:

-According to an Emerson College survey, Clinton leads Republican nominee Donald Trump in Arizona, 44 percent to 42 percent. The poll has a 3.9 percent margin of error. One caveat on this poll: The polling methodology does show that independent voters were surveyed in larger numbers than their typical turnout in a general election.

-A survey by OH Predictive Insights shows Clinton and Trump tied at 42 percent apiece. That poll has a margin of error of 3.66 percent. OH polls since June have consistently showed Clinton either leading or tied with Trump.

The website, which compiles and adjusts all the Arizona polls, projected that if the election were held Thursday, Clinton would have a 54 percent chance of winning the state.

Since Arizona's statehood 104 years ago, through 26 presidential elections, just four Democrats have won the state: Woodrow Wilson (twice); Franklin Roosevelt (four times); Harry S. Truman; and Bill Clinton, in 1996.

Those rising poll numbers in Arizona could bring in big bucks for Hillary Clinton.

Her running mate, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, will be arriving in Phoenix Friday afternoon for a Saturday fundraiser. Her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, will travel here in two weeks for another cash call.

Copyright 2016 KPNX


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