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NORTH TEXAS (CBS11) – Polls continue to show Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton in Texas.

But after a very challenging August nationally and in the all-important battleground states, the Republican nominee is catching up to the former Secretary of State.

Gina O’Briant, President of the Texas Women for Trump Coalition, says she’s encouraged about Donald Trump’s new momentum. “I’m very confident,” O’Briant said.

The latest CBS News-New York Times poll shows the Republican nominee now tied with Democrat Hillary Clinton nationally at 42 percent.

Libertarian Gary Johnson has 8 percent and Green Party candidate Jill Stein has 4 percent.

O’Briant of North Dallas said, “We feel Donald Trump is a man who knows how to create wealth and not redistribute it.”

But Connie Cook, a Clinton supporter from Cedar Hill, says she’s not concerned about Trump catching up. “I believe we got a little longer bounce after the convention, which I thought was the best I’ve ever seen of course due to Mr. Trump’s mis-steps,” said Cook.

The Real Clear Politics average of national polls shows Clinton leading Trump by 1.5 percent, 45.7 percent to 44.2 percent.

But the race between Trump and Clinton will be won and lost in the battleground states.

Polls show a tightening of the race there as well.

Polling averages show Trump taking narrow leads in: Florida, +.7 percent; Ohio, +1 percent; and Iowa, +4.3 percent.

Clinton maintains small leads in Pennsylvania, +6.2 percent; Nevada, +.8 percent; and North Carolina +.6 percent.

Many analysts still believe Trump has a bigger challenge than Clinton to win the electoral college.

“I do agree on that, but I think he can do it. I think the country is ready for a change,” said O’Briant.

“I think Mrs. Clinton has a firm foundation in the legislature and in the branches of government to pull people toward her and I think she’s going to win,” said Cook.

Many analysts believe the first debate on September 26 could play a pivotal role in the outcome of the election.

CBS11 will cover the debate taking place at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York.

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