Poll: Trump closing on Clinton in Maine
© Getty Images

Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE is catching up on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders expected to announce exploratory committee next week Bernie Sanders records announcement video ahead of possible 2020 bid Overnight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants MORE in Maine as they race for the presidency, according to a new poll.

Clinton leads Trump by a mere 3 points, 42 percent to 39 percent, in the Colby College/Boston Globe survey released Tuesday.


Libertarian presidential nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Former Mass. governor takes step toward Trump primary challenge GOP strategist says Virginia 'just got purple' MORE nets 9 percent, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein grabs 5 percent. Another 5 percent are undecided.

SurveyUSA conducted a sampling of 779 likely voters in Maine for Colby College and The Boston Globe via phone interviews and online surveys from Sept. 4-10. It has a 3.6 percent margin of error.

“Mainers for the first time in a while are going to have to pay attention to the statewide race for president,” said Dan Shea, a political science professor and director of the Goldfarb Center at Colby College. "The Clinton campaign can no longer take this state for granted.”

Multiple recent polls have shown a closer fight between Clinton and Trump at both the national and state levels.

Several surveys earlier this year, for example, had Clinton topping the GOP presidential nominee by scores ranging from 7 percent to 10 percent in Maine.

A Washington Post/Survey Monkey sampling released last week, meanwhile, discovered the Democratic presidential nominee only 3 points ahead of Trump there.

Clinton edged out Trump 37 percent to 34 percent in that scenario, while Johnson registered at 15 percent. Another 8 percent backed Stein and 7 percent were undecided.

The Boston Globe said Tuesday the last time a Republican captured Maine was then-Vice President George H.W. Bush’s victory in 1988.

President Obama, in contrast, beat then-GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney by 15 points during the 2012 election cycle.

Clinton leads Trump by about 2 points nationwide, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.