Trump Closes in on Clinton’s Lead in Polls with Election Days Away

With Election Day less than a week away, the stakes are getting higher and the race is getting tighter.

President Barack Obama weighed in Wednesday on FBI Director James Comey’s announcement of an investigation into emails linked to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

“I do think that there is a norm that when there are investigations we don't operate on innuendo and we don't operate on incomplete information and we don't operate on leaks,” Obama said during an interview with NowThis News.

Comey’s decision to publicize the ongoing investigation could be shifting the election’s landscape.

Recent polls analyzed by FiveThirtyEight indicate Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is closing in on Clinton’s national lead of about 3 to 4 percentage points.

The race is tight for down-ballot U.S. Senate candidates, as well. FiveThirtyEight reports there are five Senate races (in Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania) where the Republican and Democratic candidates are separated by a margin of 2 percentage points or less.

The last election year with more than three Senate races determined by that slim of a margin was in 1986 when there were seven.

The chances of Democrats regaining control of the Senate seem much better than in the House. If Clinton wins, Democrats will need to gain four seats in the Senate because Tim Kaine, as vice president, would have the tie-breaking vote determining majority.

In the House, Democrats have a much steeper hill to climb by needing to win 30 races for a Democratic House majority.

Joining Carol Marin to discuss the latest news from presidential and down-ballot elections is “PBS NewsHour” correspondent John Yang.

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