Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads in the Democratic contest for Ohio by 14 percentage points, according to a Monmouth poll released Monday.
The poll showed support for Clinton at 54 percent, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was at 40 percent. This is the first Monmouth poll fielded in Ohio.
Recent polling of the Democratic race in Ohio has produced wildly different results among various pollsters. In the last two weeks, some polls have shown Sanders bearing down on Clinton and narrowing her lead (which has been huge for most of the fall and winter) to within single digits. Other polls, however, show Clinton continuing to hold as much as a 30-point lead over Sanders. Ohio was given extra urgency by the recent upset result in neighboring Michigan, where Sanders won despite polls predicting a crushing Clinton victory.
TPM’s PollTracker Average shows Clinton leading at 52.1 percent in Ohio, to Sanders’ 43.5 percent.
The Monmouth poll was carried out from March 11-13 by live telephone interview. It surveyed 302 people likely to vote in the Democratic primary, with a margin of error of 5.6 percent.