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Poll: Clinton leads Sanders nearly 2-to-1 in New Jersey

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Hillary Clinton holds a nearly 2-to-1 lead over Bernie Sanders in New Jersey, a new poll finds on Wednesday. 

{mosads}A new Monmouth University Poll found Clinton with 60 percent of support, compared to Sanders, who has 32 percent. The Democratic presidential front-runner leads Sanders in almost every demographic category including voters over age 50, African-American voters and female voters. Sanders is most competitive among male voters. 

The survey comes one day after the Vermont senator’s upset win in Indiana. Since the state’s primary awards delegates proportionally, the two candidates split them almost evenly despite a Sanders victory. 

“Despite her loss in Indiana, it looks like Clinton is on target to corral the delegates she needs for the nomination. New Jersey is shaping up to make a significant contribution to her final total,” Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement. 

Clinton is shy of the Democratic nomination by 181 delegates, according to The Associated Press delegate tracker, if unbound superdelegates who make their pick at the summer convention are counted. Sanders would need to win every remaining pledged delegate and sway more superdelegates to his side to reach the 2,383 delegate threshold. He has 1,361 pledged delegates to Clinton’s 1,682.

New Jersey holds its Democratic primary on June 7, and awards 126 pledged delegates proportionally, as well as 16 unpledged delegates. 

The poll was conducted from May 1 to 3 and surveyed 301 likely Democratic primary voters via telephone. The margin of error was 5.7 percentage points.

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