Sanders Narrows Gap With Clinton In South Carolina, Still Down 21 Points

February 16, 2016 10:10 a.m.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in South Carolina has narrowed to 21 points, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling.

The PPP poll showed support for Clinton in at 55 percent in the Palmetto State, compared to 34 percent for Sanders. The previous poll from PPP, conducted in November, showed a much wider lead for Clinton at 72 percent to Sanders’ 18 percent.

The poll reflects the tightening dynamic of the Democratic presidential race since a surge in support for Sanders began early in 2016. But it suggests that Clinton still retains a comfortable advantage in the state.

TPM’s PollTracker Average shows Clinton at 59.3 percent in the state, and Sanders at 33.5 percent.

The PPP poll surveyed 525 likely Democratic voters in South Carolina from Feb. 14-15, with a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

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