Sanders Narrows Clinton's Lead Nationally

Meanwhile, Trump continues to cruise
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2016 1:42 PM CST

(Newser) – Following his decisive victory in the New Hampshire primary this week, Bernie Sanders narrowed the gap between himself and Hillary Clinton in a national poll released Friday, the Hill reports. According to the Morning Consult survey, Clinton has the support of 46% of likely Democratic voters versus Sanders' 39%. It's the best Sanders has done in the survey to this point, the International Business Times reports; he trailed Clinton by 13 points in the previous Morning Consult survey. But the new survey doesn't take into account what was widely seen as a strong Clinton victory in Thursday night's Democratic debate. Sanders has a 19-point lead over Clinton with voters between the ages of 18 and 29, but is getting crushed by 37 points with black voters.

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Over on the GOP side, New Hampshire winner Donald Trump increased his national lead by six points to 44%, the New York Post reports. It was a good news/bad news situation for Ted Cruz, who placed second but trails Trump by 27 points. Marco Rubio and Ben Carson tied for third with 10% each, and Jeb Bush received 8%. John Kasich's strong showing in New Hampshire didn't help him much nationally, as he got support from only 4% of respondents to the Morning Consult survey. (Read more Election 2016 stories.)

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