Donald Trump edges ahead in race to be US President for first time since May

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has edged ahead in the polls for the first time since May. Picture by John Minchillo, Associated Press
John Monaghan

DONALD Trump has edged ahead of Hillary Clinton for the first time in six months in the race to become the next US President, according to the latest polls.

The Republican candidate now leads his Democrat rival by a point, with less than a week to go until the election.

The poll, conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, suggests the controversy surrounding Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server while Secretary of State has caused a dip in her popularity.

Mr Trump is now leading by 46 per cent to 45, the first time he has lead the polls since May.

Mrs Clinton's figure was down by eight points.

Some 53 per cent of Trump supporters said they were "very enthusiastic" about their candidate, while only 45 per cent said the same for Clinton.

The new survey was carried out over three days at the end of October, a period that covers an FBI announcement that Mrs Clinton's emails were being re-investigated.

FBI Director James Comey said on Friday that his agents had discovered new emails which may be relevant to an earlier inquiry into Mrs Clinton's handling of classified information.

When polls are taken to include all of last week, Mrs Clinton carries a lead of just 2 per cent.

Gary Langer, the pollster who carried out the latest survey, said: "Either way the results are exceedingly close."

Voting in the election will take place on Tuesday, with the winner expected to be announced in the early hours of Wednesday.

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