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Hillary Clinton expands lead over Donald Trump in California

Trump California campaign manager vows a fight

Trump California campaign manager Tim Clark, in his suite at the Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio, vows that Donald Trump will compete in California in November, though Trump trails badly in the polls to Hillary Clinton.
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Trump California campaign manager Tim Clark, in his suite at the Kalahari in Sandusky, Ohio, vows that Donald Trump will compete in California in November, though Trump trails badly in the polls to Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton has expanded her lead over Donald Trump in California, with a large advantage among independent voters as well as Democrats, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll released Wednesday.

The poll, unsurprising in heavily Democratic California, comes one day after the Democratic Party formally nominated Clinton at the party’s national convention in Philadelphia. Trump, the Republican nominee, has said he will compete with Clinton in California, a state that has not gone for a Republican presidential candidate in nearly 30 years.

The PPIC poll, like previous surveys, suggests he has a difficult path. Likely voters favor Clinton over Trump 46 percent to 30 percent, according to the poll. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and the Green Party’s Jill Stein receive 7 percent and 6 percent support, respectively.

Clinton’s advantage over Trump is up 6 percentage points from May, in a poll that did not include third-party candidates. She holds a 13 percentage point lead over Trump among independent voters, according to the poll.

Hillary Clinton campaigns in Sacramento, speaking to an estimated 1,800 supporters who braved sweltering temperatures to see her at Sacramento City College on Sunday, June 5, 2016.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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