In an apparent indication that he is gaining more new supporters, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is now neck-and-neck with likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the latest survey after trailing her for months.
According to a RealClearPolitics average of national polls, Trump now enjoys the support of 43.4 percent of voters while Clinton has 43.2.
This developed as Trump continued to make overtures toward Hispanics, Muslims, and Christians, according to CBN News.
Last week, the billionaire businessman pressed his charm campaign as he addressed the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in California by video.
“National Hispanic Christian – three great words. We are going to take care of you; we’re going to work with you,” Trump said in the recorded message.
Some prominent conservative Hispanics are now saying they would be open to reconciling with Trump if he changes his policies on immigration, according to CBN News.
Trump is also reaching out to the Muslim community after antagonising them with his controversial proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the U.S.
According to The Hill reports, Walid Phares, Trump’s national security adviser, has “quietly opened backchannels” within the community.
Trump is also expected to meet privately with key evangelical leaders on June 21 in New York City to seek their support, Time Magazine reports.
“We’ll probably have about 500 conservative, social conservative leaders, not just evangelicals, conservative Catholics, coming together for a conversation,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said.
National Latino evangelical leader Rev. Samuel Rodriguez said Trump, as well as Clinton, need to carefully address core Latino Christian values if they expect to win the Latino vote. He said these values revolve on religious liberty, education reform, and life issues.
Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), said Trump needs to convince evangelicals that he is pro-life, adding that many Hispanic evangelicals are concerned about Trump’s perceived ambiguity on this issue.
Both Trump and Clinton sent videotaped messages to more than 1,200 delegates at the NHCLC convention in Anaheim, California, this weekend.
Rodriguez revealed that many are NHCLC members are supporting neither Trump nor Clinton.
“It’s a difficult choice and life is full of difficult choices,” Rodriguez said. “And that’s where we have to engage our prayerful due diligence and make sure that we’re led by the Holy Spirit.”