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Donald Trump on the left and Hillary Clinton to the right. Reuters

Washington- Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is widening her lead over Donald Trump, who is seeking to regain his popularity among his presidential bases, in a new national poll on Sunday.

According to the poll, which was carried out by The Washington Post and “ABC News” network between 1 and 4 August, Clinton led Trump, 50% to 42%, in a head-to-head race.

The poll confirmed that Clinton received a larger post-convention bounce than Trump did from his convention. But she appears to have been aided as well by days of controversy that Trump generated with his sharp criticism of a Muslim American family whose son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed in Iraq in 2004 and who rebuked Trump on the stage of the Democratic convention.

For his part, Donald Trump pumped up his attacks on Hillary Clinton’s character Saturday night by suggesting that the former secretary of state is not mentally fit to be president.

“She took a short-circuit in the brain. She’s got problems,” Trump said, seizing on Clinton’s explanation that she “short-circuited” a recent answer about her truthfulness in discussing her email server.

“Honestly, I don’t think she’s all there,” he added.

The attacks flowed from the Republican nominee as he once again tore into Clinton as “unstable,” “unbalanced” and “totally unhinged.”