Sanders Within Striking Distance Of Clinton In New National Poll

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Toni Ann Booras Contributor
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is within striking distance of front-runner Hillary Clinton in a new national poll, showing the narrowest gap yet between the two candidates.

Forty-eight percent of Democrat primary voters supported Sanders in an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday, putting him just two points behind Clinton, who won fifty percent of the voters. The gap is the narrowest between the two since the NBC/WSJ poll started asking the question in July 2015.

Support for Clinton has fallen from nearly 60 percent in January, while support for Sanders has increased by more than ten points, from 34 percent in January. His campaign has been building momentum in what has been a shockingly successful run for some, although Clinton is still expected to pull out the nomination.

She leads in the delegate count by nearly 700 delegates, with 1,758 delegates to Sanders’ 1,076, according to the latest numbers from Real Clear Politics. Clinton, who is coming off of a loss in Wyoming’s April 9 Democratic caucus, is expected to win Tuesday’s New York primary.

The survey, which was conducted of 1000 registered voters April 10-14, has an overall margin of error of 3.1 percent. Among the 339 Democratic primary voters surveyed, the margin of error is 5.3 percent.

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