Democrats experience hope and fear as Biden nips at Trump’s heels

President Joe Biden has narrowed the gap with former President Donald Trump, nearly tying but not overtaking the Republican in the polls.

The latest RealClearPolitics polling average has Trump leading by 0.2 points, down from more than 4 at the beginning of the year. Trump led by 1 in the most recent New York Times-Siena College and Morning Consult polls. Biden’s biggest national lead is 4 points, according to Reuters-Ipsos.

Trump still leads in most of the battleground states. His national edge over Biden also improves when third-party candidates are factored into the equation. But those potential spoilers may be starting to fade.

From late March to early April, the strongest of these candidates, independent Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was receiving between 8% and 14% in the polls. The more recent five-way surveys by Economist-YouGov
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