Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump in Virginia, but both presidential candidates have high unfavorable numbers, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll.

Clinton received 44 percent to Trump’s 35 percent in the poll of 876 registered Virginia voters conducted July 5-11.

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, also leads her Republican counterpart in the battleground states of Colorado, Florida and North Carolina, according to the survey.

“With 66 electoral votes at stake in these four states, Donald Trump is playing catch-up against Hillary Clinton,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion.

In Virginia, Clinton is viewed favorably by 37 percent and unfavorably by 58 percent.

Trump is viewed favorably by 29 percent in Virginia and unfavorably by 65 percent.

“The driving force behind voters’ choices is the negative impressions they have of both Trump and Clinton,” Miringoff said.

“Clinton’s single-digit lead in each of these states is due to her slight advantage in how voters perceive the two candidates.”

In a four-way contest that includes Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party, Clinton receives 41 percent in Virginia to 34 percent for Trump, 10 percent for Johnson, and 2 percent for Stein.

The poll’s margin of error was plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.

The Republican National Convention begins Monday in Cleveland. The Democratic National Convention begins July 25 in Philadelphia.

Clinton campaigned Thursday with U.S. Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., a potential running mate, at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

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