Clinton’s Lead Over Sanders Tightens To 10 Points In New National Poll

February 17, 2016 1:54 p.m.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has tightened to a still-comfortable 10 points, according to a nationwide Suffolk/USA Today poll released Wednesday.

The poll showed support for Clinton at 50 percent while Sanders stood at 40 percent. This represents a substantial tightening of the Democratic presidential race since this poll was previously conducted in December, and Clinton’s lead at 56 percent dwarfed Sanders at 29 percent.

The new results are consistent with nearly all nationwide polling of the Democratic race, which has shown a surge in support for Sanders since January. That surge boosted Sanders to coming less than a percentage point behind Clinton in the Iowa caucuses and propelled him to an overwhelming victory in New Hampshire. Still, Sanders’ national poll numbers have by and large failed to overtake Clinton’s.

TPM’s PollTracker Average shows Clinton at 47.2 percent and Sanders at 40.7 percent.

The Suffolk/USA Today poll was carried out from Feb. 11-15. Pollsters surveyed 319 likely Democratic voters nationwide using live telephone interviews, with a margin of error of 5.5 percentage points.

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