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Mason-Dixon poll: Clinton gets slight post-debate bump in Florida


Hillary Clinton's popularity in crucial Florida increased ever so slightly after her successful debate Monday night against Donald Trump, according to a new poll that still shows a very tight race in the state.

Clinton leads Trump by 46-42 percent, according to Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which represents a 2-point bump for the Democrat since the last Mason-Dixon survey a month ago. The poll's error margin is 3.5 percentage points.

"Despite small shifts that have given Clinton a post-debate bump, the race is still very competitive and the outcome will hinge on where and among whom voter turnout is higher," Mason-Dixon pollster Brad Coker said in a statement.

The two third-party candidates who did not participate in the debate -- Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein -- drew 7 percent and 1 percent, respectively, in the latest poll. Both Clinton and Stein are campaigning in South Florida Friday.

Trump continues to lead among older, whiter voters in North and Southwest Florida. He's also ahead of Clinton among independents, by 41-33 percent. 

Clinton's advantage over Trump is among women, Hispanics and blacks, and in Southeast Florida. She's got a narrow edge over Trump in the swing I-4 corridor, thanks to her support in the Tampa Bay area.

Mason-Dixon polled 820 registered voters from Sept. 27-29.