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Poll: Sanders closes gap in NY

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is closing the gap with front-runner Hillary Clinton in New York, according to a Emerson College poll released Friday.

Clinton leads among likely Democratic primary voters 56 percent to 38 percent in the survey. When the same poll was conducted in March, Sanders trailed the former New York senator in her home state by 48 points.

{mosads}Clinton continues to do well among minority groups, with 72 percent support among African-Americans compared to the 28 percent who support the Vermont senator. Hispanics also lean her way 68 percent to 32 percent, according to the poll.

Sanders, long popular with young voters, has an edge over Clinton, with 60 percent support, among the 18-34 age group, compared to her 36 percent.

The poll comes just a few weeks before New York’s April 19 primary where Sanders and Clinton will compete for the state’s 95 delegates.

A RealClearPolitics polling average puts Clinton at 53.5 percent support in New York and Sanders at 42.5 percent support.

Clinton has 1,280 pledged delegates to Sanders’s 1,030, according to The Associated Press, and has a substational lead among the party superdelegates who make their selection at the July convention.

The Emerson poll was conducted from April 6 and 7 among 325 likely primary voters with a margin of error of 5.4 percent.

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