CNN/ORC Poll: Clinton Holds 18-Point Lead Over Sanders In SC

February 16, 2016 4:36 p.m.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has an 18-point lead in the Democratic presidential race in South Carolina, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday.

The poll showed support for Clinton at 56 percent, while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stood at 38 percent.

This is still a considerable gain for Sanders since the previous CNN/ORC poll in South Carolina was conducted in early October. That poll showed Sanders at 18 percent—behind not only Clinton at 49 percent, but also Vice President Joe Biden at 24 percent. Biden later announced he wasn’t running.

This survey is also consistent with nationwide and South Carolina polling, which has shown Sanders making considerable gains since the fall although he still lags behind Clinton.

TPM’s PollTracker Average shows Clinton leading in the state at 58.4 percent, compared to Sanders’ 36 percent.

The CNN/ORC poll was carried out from Feb. 10-15. Pollsters surveyed 280 likely Democratic voters with a margin of error of 6 percentage points.

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