CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a strong lead in the battleground state of North Carolina, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
According to the WRAL/SurveyUSA poll, Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 7 points in the Tar Heel state among those who have voted or are likely to cast their ballot.
Trump held a strong lead with 51 percent to Clinton's 44 percent of the poll's surveyed voters.
This election's battle of the genders continues to hold true in this latest poll.
The business mogul's advance was particularly prevalent with North Carolina men. According to the poll, Trump is ahead of Clinton by 23 points among male voters with 58 percent to Clinton's 35 percent.
Clinton continued her lead amongst the poll's surveyed woman with 51 percent of women saying they would vote for her over Trump's 44 percent. However, according to the poll, her lead with suburban women dropped since WRAL/SurveyUSA last month's poll.
"Clinton had led by 12, today leads by 7," the poll stated.
Data was collected for the poll from this past weekend, October 28 through October 31. This poll's surveyed voters during an especially controversial time for the Clinton campaign as the FBI's announced Friday to Congress they would be re-opening their investigation into Clinton's email server.
The voter interviews were "conducted entirely after the release of a letter from FBI Director James Comey to members of Congress," the poll said.
When the poll asked whether the interviewee had already voted, 54 percent of Trump voters said no to Clinton's 38 percent. While 52 percent of the poll's Hillary supporters said they had voted in comparison to Trumps 46 percent.
With 15 electoral votes, a North Carolina win would be ground-breaking for either party, but it is essential for Trump.
"The real estate mogul must win a variety of swing states in order to have even a shot at the presidency, and North Carolina's 15 electoral votes are essential to his chances," Politico said in a poll evaluation earlier this month.
Earlier in October, MSNBC's political correspondent, Steve Kornacki, said if Clinton won North Carolina, she would essentially win the election with over 270 electoral votes.
"Lose (North) Carolina, if you're Trump, you've lost the election," Kornacki said.
The poll interviewed 800 North Carolina residents with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.9 percent.
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