Trump overtakes Clinton in poll average for first time
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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'Haven't thought about' pardons for Mueller target Pence: Rocket attack 'proves that Hamas is not a partner for peace' Conservation remains a core conservative principle MORE has overtaken Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: McCain 'acted appropriately' by handing Steele dossier to FBI Why Mueller's hedge on obstruction decision was a mistake Giuliani says news media treat Dems better than GOP MORE in an average of head-to-head national polls, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

Trump leads Clinton by 0.2 percentage points, 43.4 percent to 43.2 percent in the average, overtaking the Democratic front-runner for the first time in the average of polls.

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Several recent surveys have shown Trump with an advantage over Clinton.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted May 16–19 shows a tight race between the two candidates, with Trump holding a 2-point lead over Clinton. A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted May 17–18 had the presumptive GOP nominee up 5 points over Clinton. A recent Fox News poll also showed Trump with a lead.

Clinton's lead over Trump has been decreasing over the past several weeks, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

Trump has, in recent weeks, started to pivot toward the general election after his two former rivals dropped their presidential bids following the Indiana primary. 

Clinton's rival, Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Treason narrative collapses; who bears responsibility? Pence hits 2020 Dems for skipping AIPAC MORE, has vowed to remain in the race until the primaries wrap up, although Clinton has a large delegate lead over the Vermont senator.