By CHARLIE PEAT DONALD Trump is leading the crucial state of Florida as the polls continue to swing towards the Republican candidate, a pollster has revealed on Newsnight.
Larry Sabato, who runs the Crystal Ball polling tracker, said the billionaire has a slight edge in a state he “must win”.
The pollster also said many people “despise” Hillary Clinton and will now lean towards Trump. He told the BBC programme: “The place he must win is Florida, it has 29 electoral votes, he cannot possibly win without Florida. “But Trump is a tiny bit ahead. But Trump has spent his money on rally and tv ads and not people on the ground.
“As much as some Republicans don’t like Trump, they despise Hillary Clinton and what has hurt Clinton more than anything else is the FBI’s decision to essentially reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
“It really has hurt her. It has taken a lot of leaning Republicans into Trump’s category. I doubt Clinton can win them back.”
A national poll put the Republican candidate on 46 per cent, while Clinton is on 45 per cent, the first time the billionaire has been in the lead since May.
Clinton’s 12-point lead during October has vanished after the FBI said last Friday it was looking at new emails sent from her private email account that could contain classified material.
Mr Sabato added: “Clinton needs to stop talking about the emails and develop a line of attack that will last until Tuesday.”
Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis also revealed Trump is commanding a lead in the “enthusiasm poll”.
She added: “ABC gave Trump a one point lead. But numbers show an enthusiasm gap. If you ask voters who they are most enthusiastic for, Trump has an eight point lead over Clinton among their own supporters.
“There is a boost for Trump for those who are leaning Republican and Clinton is slipping a bit, those who are Democrat or Democrat leaning could now favour Trump.”