Clinton leads Trump ahead of final debate - and is closing in on Georgia

Las Vegas - The electoral map is looking bleak for Donald Trump ahead of the final presidential debate.

A new Fox News poll shows Democrat Hillary Clinton leading Trump by 6 points. A Bloomberg poll released Wednesday gives Clinton a 9-point lead over Trump. And a poll commissioned by the Arizona Republic shows Clinton has opened up a small but widening lead in that battleground state.

At the same time, Clinton seems to be gaining ground in Georgia, which hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992. An AJC poll in August staked her to a 4-point lead in Georgia after one of the worst weeks of his presidential campaign. Since then, most polls have showed Trump carving out a small, if consistent, lead.

That could be changing. A new poll of swing states from SurveyMonkey and the Washington Post has Clinton leading Trump by 4 points in Georgia. Another poll released Wednesday by zpolitics/Clout Research gives Trump a 3-point advantage.

The Real Clear Politics poll of polls gives Trump the edge, and Republican operatives say their internal polls - which fly in on a daily basis - show the GOP nominee with a steady lead in Georgia. And Clinton's campaign bypassed Georgia in its red-state push, although a pro-Clinton super PAC is backing a seven-figure ad buy across the state.

Stay tuned: The AJC has a poll out in the field now. Look for the results early Friday morning.

For more of the AJC's latest on the election:

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Wednesday’s debate could bring the demise of the spousal handshake

One last time: A presidential rumble in Las Vegas

Debate gives Trump, Clinton last big opportunity to appeal to public

Georgia’s College Republicans revolt over Donald Trump

Florida, once again, could play lead role in deciding election

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Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.