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Poll: Clinton’s lead in Florida rises

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Hillary Clinton is expanding her edge over Donald Trump in the battleground state of Florida, according to a new poll.

Clinton tops Trump 46 to 42 percent in the survey from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) released Friday.

{mosads}Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson has 5 percent while Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 1 percent.

PPP’s previous poll in Florida two weeks ago found Clinton leading Trump by a smaller margin, 45 to 43 percent.

The latest survey finds that Clinton’s lead grows to 5 points in a head-to-head matchup with Trump. The Democratic presidential nominee nets 49 percent in that scenario, while Trump gets 44 percent.

The poll finds that Trump is more unpopular than Clinton in Florida, with 59 percent viewing him unfavorably compared to 51 percent viewing her unfavorably. Meanwhile, 37 percent view Trump favorably while 44 percent view Clinton favorably.

“Donald Trump’s just getting even more unpopular as Election Day nears,” PPP president Dean Debnam said Friday.

“With Hillary Clinton’s lead continuing to grow in states like Florida that she doesn’t even necessarily need to win the election, the question is becoming less whether she will win than the magnitude of the landslide,” Debnam said.

Trump’s popularity there is cratering, according to the poll, with his favorability falling 11 points in two weeks.

Trump is under fire following the release of a 2005 audio recording featuring him making lewd comments about women. Multiple women have since accused the billionaire of groping or kissing them without their permission. Trump has denied the allegations.

The PPP poll of 985 likely voters in Florida was conducted Oct. 12-13 via telephone and has a margin of error of 3.1 points.

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