Poll: Sanders Closes Gap With Clinton To 2 Points

| by Michael Allen
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A new poll released on April 18 shows Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leading Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont by only two points nationally.

A NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 50 percent of Democratic primary voters support Clinton, while 48 percent support Sanders. This puts them in a technical tie, since the margin of error is plus or minus 5.3 percentage points.

The poll is a drastic change from March when Clinton was ahead 53 to 44 percent.

Clinton leads Sanders 57 to 42 percent with women, which is down from a 20-point lead earlier in 2016.

Clinton also leads Sanders with minorities, 59 to 41 percent, and among seniors, 62 to 35 percent.

However, Sanders is ahead of Clinton 58 to 41 percent with men, 53 to 44 percent with white people, and 66 to 34 percent with the 18 to 49 age range.

According to a new polls from Baruch College/NY1 News and Quinnipiac, Clinton has a 13-point lead over Sanders going into the New York primary on April 19, ABC News reports.

Another recent poll, from WNBC/WSJ/Marist, has Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at 54 percent in the Empire State, Gov. John Kasich of Ohio with 21 percent, and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 18 percent.

"If [Trump] picks up north of 75 [delegates], he has a real path to 1,237," ABC News political analyst Matt Dowd said.

This is important, since 1,237 is the magic number Trump needs to secure the GOP nomination before the party convention in July.

"Kasich has a real shot of coming second [in New York]," Dowd added, which would give Kasich "a better argument going forward that people should pay attention to him."

When it comes to Clinton and Sanders, Dowd said: "This is crucial for both of them. This is critical for [Sanders] because he needs to reset the race ... and the only way for him going forward is to win New York."

"It's crucial for [Clinton] because losing her home state because makes people question is she really the best candidate," Dowd added.

ABC News estimated on April 18 that Clinton has 1,758 delegates, while Sanders has 1,076 delegates; the magic number for the Democrats is 2,383.

Sources: NBC News, ABC News / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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