Poll: Clinton hits 50 percent support
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC Clinton: Hard to ignore 'racial subtext of virtually everything Trump says' MORE has hit 50 percent support for the Democratic presidential nomination for the first time since April, around the time she launched her campaign, according to a new national poll. 
 
Clinton's support among Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters has ticked up 9 points since mid-September, based on the latest NBC News/Survey Monkey online poll
 
Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersProtecting democracy requires action from all of us Kavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report Amazon probes allegations of employees leaking data for bribes: report MORE (I-Vt.), Clinton's primary rival in the Democratic race, now stands at 30 percent support in the poll, relatively unchanged over the past six weeks.
 
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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Harvard Professor Lawrence Lessig took 1 percent apiece in the online poll released Friday.
 
The survey, conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, comes on the heels of Vice President Biden's decision last week to not run for the White House in 2016.
 
Clinton saw a 4-point uptick in the poll after the first Democratic debate Oct. 13. 
 
She got another 5-point bounce after Biden said he wouldn't run, two candidates dropped out and she appeared before the House panel investigating Benghazi. 
 
Clinton is the overwhelming choice for those surveyed who are 30 or older. Sanders has a 15-point edge, 48 percent to 33 percent, among voters aged 18-29.
 
The former secretary of State also maintains a lead over the self-proclaimed democratic socialist among men, women, whites, blacks, Hispanics and those with a range of educational background.
 
The survey of 8,706 adults was conducted online Oct. 27-29 with an overall margin of error of 1.5 points. The margin of error for the 1,226 registered Democratic voters surveyed is 3.7 points.