DONALD Trump appears to be on course for the White House after pulling ahead of Hillary Clinton in a dramatic new opinion poll.
The outspoken Republican candidate is backed by 40 per of American voters, according to survey data released by polling company Rasmussen Reports.
And just 39 per cent said they backed his Democratic rival Mrs Clinton, meaning the ex-First Lady is behind Mr Trump for the first time since since mid-July.
The previous week’s report put Mr Trump at 38 per cent and Mrs Clinton, whose campaign has been rocked by a series of controversies, at 42 per cent.
Responding to the figures, Mr Trump’s aide Jason Miller said the Republican hopeful’s campaign was moving in the right direction.
He said: “The trend lines are the important thing to point to.
“The problem that Clinton has is there is no positive information flow for her campaign.”
Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton both visited the battleground state of Ohio yesterday, as the battle to replace Barack Obama at the White House heats up.
The billionaire businessman met who supporters had built a replica of the wall he has pledged to build along the US-Mexico border.
And Mrs Clinton tested a new jab at her opponent, telling voters at a Labour Day parade and rally: “Friends don’t let friends vote for Trump.”
The former Secretary of State insisted she was “more than ready” for the final nine weeks of campaigning before November’s general election.
But she has faced widespread scrutiny in the past week over her use of a private email server, with the FBI releasing a report into the messages on Friday.
And Mr Trump sensationally branded the Clinton Foundation, set up by her husband Bill 15 years ago, “the most corrupt enterprise in political history”.
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