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Biden tops Sanders by 9 points in new national poll

Biden tops Sanders by 9 points in new national poll
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenFear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP Iran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries MORE leads his closest challenger in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia' — Joe Manchin and a 50-50 Senate MORE (I-Vt.), by 9 points, according to a new national poll. 

The former vice president garnered 23 percent support in the Suffolk University–USA Today poll, while Sanders attracted 14 percent and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden to tap Rohit Chopra to lead CFPB, Gensler for SEC chair: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Porter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector MORE (D-Mass.) got 13 percent.

No other candidate was in double digits.

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Biden's sizable lead can be attributed, in part, to his popularity with black voters, pollsters noted. Forty-two percent of black voters named Biden as their first choice. Sanders was the only other candidate in the race to attract double-digit support among African Americans, with 11 percent.

The poll, which surveyed 1,000 voters nationwide, was conducted Dec. 10–14. The margin of error was 3 percentage points.

The results come ahead of the next Democratic presidential debate, which is scheduled for Thursday in Los Angeles.