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Just hours before Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hit the stage for the first presidential debate, the candidates appear to be in a statistical tie in the two very important swing states of Colorado and Pennsylvania, according to the latest CNN/ORC poll

Inside the Numbers:

Trump is holding 42% to Clinton's 41% in Colorado among likely voters. The poll has a 3.5 margin of error, which means the Trump and Clinton are in a virtual dead heat. Libertarian Gary Johnson is at 13%, with Green Party pick Jill Stein polling at just 3%, according to the poll.

When Johnson and Stein are taken out of the polls, however, Clinton leads Trump in both states: 50% to 47% in Pennsylvania and 49% to 47% in Colorado, according to the CNN/ORC poll.

Clinton has the slight edge in Pennsylvania, polling at 45% over Trump's 44%. Clinton is leading among white college-educated voters — 11 points in Pennsylvania and 16 points in Colorado. 

Donald Trump held a campaign event in Pennsylvania Sept. 22.Source: Mark Wilson/Getty Images
Donald Trump held a campaign event in Pennsylvania Sept. 22.  Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Nationally, the latest Washington Post/ABC poll has Clinton leading Trump by just two percentage points. 

While the election appears to be close, Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight blog indicates that Trump has just a 42.2% chance of winning the presidency, compared to Clinton's 57.8%.