Poll: Trump has narrow lead over Clinton in NC
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency White House fires DHS general counsel: report Trump to cap California trip with visit to the border MORE holds a narrow lead over Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP struggles with retirement wave Overnight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE in a general election matchup in North Carolina, a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released Wednesday finds.


The poll found the presumptive GOP nominee leading Clinton by 2 points, 43 percent to 41 percent. That’s an improvement for Trump from a March PPP poll, in which the Democratic front-runner was leading by a few points. An April PPP survey found the likely party nominees tied.

“Hillary Clinton’s position in the Presidential race right now is fine,” Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling, said in a statement. “Expectations of some sort of historical landslide from earlier in the year make it seems like she’s doing poorly now in comparison but the reality is that she’s in a similar position to where Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama meets with Greta Thunberg: 'One of our planet's greatest advocates' Trump: Cokie Roberts 'never treated me nicely' but 'was a professional' Obama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' MORE ended up in 2012. And he won the Electoral College by a wide margin.”

Although Clinton will likely be the Democratic nominee, the poll also found Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJimmy Carter: 'I hope there's an age limit' on presidency 2020 candidates keep fitness on track while on the trail Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? MORE is leading Trump by 3 points, 43 percent to 40 point.

Trump’s boost in the latest poll comes as he performs better among voters within his own party. In the March survey, Trump had a 63-point lead among Republicans, 73 percent to 10 percent. This has increased to a 76-point lead, 81 percent to 5 percent, in this month’s poll.

The poll was conducted May 20-22 and surveyed 928 registered voters via phone and online. The margin of error was 3.2 points.

In the RealClearPolitics polling average, Clinton is leading Trump by 3.3 points. 

North Carolina has been under a microscope as it faces a legal battle over a law that requires people to use public restrooms that correspond to their biological sex at birth.

The Obama administration issued guidance earlier this month to all public school districts in the U.S., telling them to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity. And Attorney General Loretta Lynch is taking legal action against the state, casting the issue as the latest civil rights struggle of the era.

North Carolina officials also filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department, calling its position a “radical reinterpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.”

Trump has declined to criticize the Obama administration's directive and said he's always felt it should be left to states to decide on the issue.