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Sanders grows lead in new Hill/HarrisX poll

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersClub for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Inequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift In defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism MORE (I-Vt.) is seeing increasing support in the latest Hill/HarrisX national poll following his big win in the Nevada caucuses last weekend.

Sanders received 28 percent support among registered Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters in the Feb. 23-24 survey, a 6 percentage point jump from last week's numbers.

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE overtook former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE for second place. Bloomberg ticked up 1 point from 18 percent to 19 percent, while Biden fell to 17 percent support from 19 percent.

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' Biden's win is not a policy mandate — he should govern accordingly MORE (D) ticked up 2 points to 12 percent in the poll, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenInequality of student loan debt underscores possible Biden policy shift Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality The Memo: Biden faces tough road on pledge to heal nation MORE (D-Ma.) dipped 4 points to 8 percent.

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Mnn.) and venture capitalist Tom SteyerTom SteyerBiden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls MORE received 3 percent support each in the survey while Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardSix people whose election wins made history Next Congress expected to have record diversity Native Americans elected to Congress in record numbers this year MORE (D-Hawaii) received 2 percent support. 

Eight percent of voters were still unsure.

Seven Democratic presidential candidates are gathering in Charleston, S.C., on Tuesday night for the tenth Democratic debate, just a few days before the state's primary election. 

Biden has held a lead in polls in South Carolina, but Sanders has closed the gap, according to the latest South Carolina polls.

Though Sanders seems to be riding on post-Nevada momentum and a promising outlook heading into Super Tuesday, some experts believe the contest isn't yet a done deal.

"While Bernie is beginning to put together an impressively diverse coalition that includes a plurality of black and brown voters, his inability to attract the same level of support from white voters, older voters, and from Democrats more broadly, is the reason he seems to plateau around 30 percent in every poll," Terrance Woodbury, Democratic pollster and Partner of Hit Strategies, told The Hill.

"With multiple well-funded candidates with the resources to remain in the race for the long haul, this is the formula for a brokered convention where no one emerges with a clear majority of delegates," he added.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 470 registered Democratic and Democratic-leaning independent voters between Feb. 23 and 24. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.  

 

—Gabriela Schulte