Donald Trump has established a slight lead over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential election race, according to new opinion polls.
The Republican candidate had been lagging behind, but may have crept ahead of the Democratic nominee in the last week, the surveys suggested.
However, forecasters say Trump’s lead was still within the polls’ error margins and experts emphasised it was too soon to call the election outcome.
Survey data released by American polling company Rasmussen Reports showed the lead Clinton had enjoyed for most of the contest had disappeared, and put her behind Trump for the first time since mid-July.
The latest weekly White House Watch report by the group, which targets likely voters by telephone and online survey, showed Trump to have the support of 40 per cent of the US electorate, versus 39 per cent who said they supported Clinton.
The results are very different to the previous week’s report, which put Clinton at 42% and Trump at 38%.
On Friday, Reuters reported the Republican candidate had pulled into a tie with his Democratic rival, based on their latest national tracking poll, produced in collaboration with Ipsos.
The news agency reported that Trump has erased a substantial deficit and consolidated support among his party’s likely voters in recent weeks.
Trump’s support among Republican voters increased six percentage points in the past fortnight, Reuters/Ipsos found, to about 78 per cent.