Sanders narrows Clinton's national lead to 2 points
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Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio New study: Full-scale 'Medicare for All' costs trillion over 10 years MORE has narrowed in on Democratic presidential rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Democrats fear Ohio slipping further away in 2020 Poll: Warren leads Biden in Maine by 12 points MORE in the latest national poll of the race as the pair battle ahead of Tuesday's primary in New York. 

Clinton holds a 2-point edge nationally over Sanders, 50 to 48 percent, among Democratic primary voters surveyed in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll published Monday. 
 
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Clinton held a 9-point lead in the survey last month, besting the Independent Vermont senator, 53 to 44 percent. In January, she led by 25 points, 59 to 34 percent.
 
The pair have exchanged leads in several recent national polls, illustrating the split within the party despite Clinton holding a big lead among delegates needed to secure the nomination. 
 
Clinton is the favorite in polls to win the New York primary on Tuesday, which would blunt momentum for Sanders, who has won eight of the last nine Democratic contests. 
 
Nationally, Sanders leads Clinton, 66 to 32 percent, among white men in the latest poll, 66 to 34 percent among those ages 18–49, and 69 to 29 percent among independents and Republicans.
 
Meanwhile, Clinton leads 62 to 35 percent among older voters and holds a big lead among Democrats, 59 to 40 percent, over the self-described democratic socialist. 
 
The survey of 339 Democratic primary voters was conducted April 10-14 with a margin of error of 5.32 points.