Donald Trump Hanging On to Slim Lead in Arizona, New Poll Shows
Arizona voted for Mitt Romney by 9 percentage points in 2012.
By RYAN STRUYK
August 24, 2016, 8:53 PM
• 1 min read
-- Donald Trump is hanging on to a slim lead in the reliably red state of Arizona, according to a new CNN/ORC poll released today.
The poll shows Donald Trump with 43 percent support and Hillary Clinton with 38 percent. Libertarian Gary Johnson has 12 percent, while the Green Party's Jill Stein has 4 percent.
Arizona has gone blue only once since 1952 -- during Bill Clinton's reelection bid in 1996. Both John McCain and Mitt Romney won the state by 9 percentage points during the 2008 and 2012 presidential races.
Arizona's growing Hispanic population and Trump's controversial language on immigrants has led some to believe the state could be in play in 2016. A majority of Hispanic voters -- 57 percent -- back Clinton in this poll, while 20 percent back Trump, 15 percent support Johnson and 5 percent choose Stein.
But Trump leads whites without a college degree by 30 percentage points in Arizona, as well as independents by 14 percentage points, bolstering his slim lead there.