Clinton returns to campaign trail for 1st time since revealing pneumonia diagnosis

The presidential race is now statistically tied, according to a CBS News/New YorkTimes poll of registered voters. It shows Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump 41 to 39 percent when the two third-party candidates are included. That two-point lead is smaller than the margin of error.

Both candidates are revealing some new information about their health, and Clinton is going back to campaigning for the first time since revealing her pneumonia diagnosis.

Clinton is trying to make up for lost time. She’s had a D.C. speech on the books for some time but just added a campaign stop in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she will head first. She has some work to do because despite her narrow lead, the new poll shows her voters are not as enthusiastic as Trump’s, reports CBS News correspondent Nancy Cordes.

Forty-five percent of Trump voters say they are very enthusiastic about voting, compared to 36 percent of Clinton voters.

She still has a big advantage among women: 13 points. She also has an 83 point advantage among black voters, while Trump leads by 11 points among men and among white voters. 

With his wife out sick, pinch hitter Bill Clinton argued in Las Vegas that Trump has narrow appeal.    

“When Hillary’s opponent says, ‘I’m going to make America great again,’ let me tell you, you have to be a certain age -- and it helps to be a white Southern man. I know what that means,” Bill Clinton said.

The Clinton campaign released a two-page letter from Clinton’s doctor Wednesday detailing her recent illness. Dr. Lisa Bardack says Clinton was examined nearly two weeks ago with a “low grade fever, congestion and fatigue,” which Clinton initially passed off as allergies.

Last Friday, a “CT scan revealed a small right middle lobe pneumonia.” She was prescribed a 10-day course of the antibiotic Levaquin and rest.

Clinton’s decision to skip the prescribed rest left her “overheated,” “dehydrated” and “dizzy.”

Bardack said, “Mrs. Clinton has since been evaluated by me several times and continues to improve. She continues to remain healthy and fit to serve as president of the United States.”

Clinton’s campaign says despite the unusual nature of this race, she wants to focus on policy in the coming weeks. They say one upside to her downtime is that she’s been able to sharpen her closing message to voters. 

In North Carolina Thursday, she’s going to talk about supporting children and families, two days after Trump unveiled his child care plan.