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More polls, more deadlock between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in Georgia

A new round of polls released Monday shows that Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump remain deadlocked in Georgia now that both the party conventions are over.

The polls, one commissioned by WSB-TV and another by WXIA, show both candidates received little bounce from their party’s bashes. Last week’s WSB poll showed both candidates were stuck in a statistical tie.

The AJC is conducting its own survey to be released later this week taking a deep look at the presidential race.

The Channel 2 Action News poll, conducted over the weekend by Landmark/Rosetta Stone, found that both candidates were dead-even at 45 percent of the vote. The survey of 800 likely Georgia voters also had Libertarian Gary Johnson at 4 percent, with a margin of error at 3.5 percent.

An ominous sign for Trump in that poll: About 56 percent of self-described independents side with Clinton. Independents typically make up Georgia’s biggest voting bloc, and they usually break toward the GOP. Check out the rest of the crosstabs here.

The second poll, conducted by SurveyUSA for WXIA over the weekend, had Trump with a 46-42 lead over Clinton. With a margin of error of 4 percentage points, it’s also “too close for GOP’s comfort,” the surveyors report.

In that poll, Clinton leads Trump by only 2 points among women, largely because she trails among women living in rural areas by a whopping 31 points. This poll surveyed 800 adults, including more than 100 who were either not registered or not likely to vote. Read the crosstabs here.

Georgia Democrats have been trying to make the case that the state could turn blue for the first time since 1992, but Clinton’s campaign is not ready to declare Georgia a battleground state – yet.

Read more about the fight for Georgia in November here.

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