NEWBERRY, SC (WIS) - As anticipation grows ahead of the first presidential debate between candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, polls show the two in a tight race.
A weekly poll released Tuesday by NBC News/Survey Monkey shows Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 48 to 44 percent.
Of course, there are a lot of polls and each shows something different, but an analysis by Real Clear Politics shows polls currently average the candidates just two points apart with Clinton in the lead.
It's not the smallest we've seen this election cycle, but it puts Clinton and Trump much closer than they were earlier this year.
Newberry College's political science chair Dr. Steven Schweiser says he believes the race will get even tighter before November. During his nearly 50 year career, Schweiser says this is the dirtiest and most negative race he's seen.
He believes that's why party lines have weakened thus far, but he does believe that will change as we get closer to November when he expects we'll see more Republicans get behind Trump and Democrats behind Clinton.
He also says we may see a lower voter turnout this year, especially among young voters in the millennial generation.
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To encourage students and the public to make an educated vote, Newberry College's political science department will hold Politics Week for a second year.
It kicks off Monday, September 19th.
The schedule is as follows:
9/19 10 a.m. Meet and greet with U.S. representative Mick Mulvaney in the Summerland Room of Smeltzer Hall followed by a luncheon
9/20 7 p.m. Constitution Day lecture with SC Supreme Court Justice Kaye Hearn in the AMC Recital Hall
9/21 6 p.m. Missing Voter Project with Daniel Deweese of the South Carolina Progressive Network in AMC Recital Hall
9/22 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Voter registration drive
7 p.m. Corruption and Ethics Reform featuring Executive Director of SC Common Cause Dr. John Crangle, former SC Senator Tommy Moore and former SC Senator Tom Pope in AMC Recital Hall