Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump now leads Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by seven points in the key battleground state of Iowa.
According to a poll of likely voters published by the Des Moines Register on Saturday, Trump secured 46% support, while Clinton held onto only 39% support. Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson took home 6%, and Green Party sideshow Jill Stein received only 1% of support from likely voters.
A majority of likely voters were less than enthusiastic about their choices on the ballot this year, with a staggering 68% of those surveyed suggesting they were disappointed by their options this election.
Nonetheless, it looks like Trump will go on to take Iowa this Tuesday.
“Trump's 7-point lead exceeds the poll's margin of error, suggesting a comfortable position for the Republican leading into the closing days of the election,” reports CNN. “However, two of the most recent Iowa polls showed a near-even race.”
The real estate mogul’s lead in Iowa comes just one week after FBI Director James Comey went public with new information regarding Hillary Clinton’s infamous emails. Over the course of its investigation into disgraced former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner’s electronic devices, the FBI stumbled upon roughly 650,000 emails, some of which may be tied to Clinton.
While the bureau has stated bluntly that it has no plans to release its findings before election day, the new suspicions hovering around the Democratic candidate have worked in Trump’s favor, tightening the presidential race and opening a path to victory for the billionaire businessman.
With Iowa under his belt, Trump may be one step closer to the White House--but that doesn’t mean he's in the clear. Trump is still dead-even with Clinton in Florida and North Carolina, two states he needs to have in the bag if he wants to win this race.