WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has seen an increase in support in several key battleground states, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released on Friday.
The poll found that Trump leads Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in Georgia and Iowa and has narrowed the gap against the former Secretary of State in Colorado and Virginia.
Georgia has voted for the Republican candidate in seven of the last eight presidential elections, but the results of some recent polls suggested that the Peach State could be in play.
However, the Quinnipiac survey showed Trump with a notable 47 percent to 40 percent lead over Clinton among likely Georgia voters. Libertarian Gary Johnson came in a distant third at 9 percent.
Trump has also seen a reversal of fortune in Iowa, where he now leads Clinton by 44 percent to 37 percent after trailing by 41 percent to 39 percent last month.
Johnson also comes in third among likely Iowa voters at 10 percent, with another 2 percent supporting Green Party candidate Jill Stein.
Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, noted that Iowa lacks the kind of large minority population that has fueled Clinton's leads in some of the large industrial states
The poll also showed that Trump has significantly cut into the big leads Clinton held in Colorado and Virginia last month.
Clinton has a slim 44 percent to 42 percent lead over Trump among likely Colorado voters compared to the 41 percent to 33 percent advantage she held in August. The two-point gap is well within the margin of error.
The results from Colorado suggest that the narrowing of the race partly reflects a significant drop in support for the third party candidates.
While 16 percent favored Johnson and 7 percent backed Stein in the previous poll, their levels of support have fallen to 10 percent and 2 percent, respectively.
Among likely Virginia voters, Clinton is holding a sizable 45 percent to 39 percent lead over Trump, although that compares to the 45 percent to 34 percent advantage she had last month.
'Iowa, Virginia and Colorado are a metaphor for what is happening in the presidential race,' said Brown. 'When Quinnipiac University polled last in those states on August 17, Secretary Hillary Clinton was riding the post-convention wave that gave her double-digit leads in many polls.'
He added, 'Now, the race has tightened considerably nationally and that new reality is reflected by these numbers that show the two candidates much closer.'
The Quinnipiac surveys of 638 likely Georgia voters, 612 likely Iowa voters, 644 likely Colorado voters, and 659 likely Virginia voters were conducted September 13th through 21st.
The results from Georgia and Colorado had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points, the results from Iowa had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points and the results from Virginia had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.
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