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Poll: Sanders leads, Biden gains in New Hampshire

Poll: Sanders leads, Biden gains in New Hampshire
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  Why does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Congress can protect sacred Oak Flat in Arizona from mining project MORE (I-Vt.) is leading the pack of Democratic presidential hopefuls in New Hampshire, but former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenIRS to roll out payments for ,000 child tax credit in July Capitol Police told not to use most aggressive tactics in riot response, report finds Biden to accompany first lady to appointment for 'common medical procedure' MORE is gaining on him, according to a Boston Globe–Suffolk University poll released Tuesday.

The survey shows Sanders in the No. 1 spot with 16.4 percent support among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, holding steady since the same poll was conducted in November. Biden, meanwhile, placed second with 14.8 percent support — a 2.6-point gain since the November survey, which put him in a close fourth place. 

Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegWhite House says gas tax won't be part of infrastructure bill The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden meets with bipartisan lawmakers for infrastructure negotiations Senate Republicans label Biden infrastructure plan a 'slush fund' MORE notched 12.2 percent in the most recent New Hampshire poll, while Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenForgiving K in school loans would free 36 million student borrowers from debt: data IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting trillion Biden sparks bipartisan backlash on Afghanistan withdrawal  MORE (D-Mass.) fell into fourth place with 9.8 percent support. 

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No other candidate registered in double digits. Former tech executive Andrew YangAndrew YangEvelyn Yang pens children's book on sexual abuse, reveals she was sexually assaulted as a child Yang pitches plan to revive Broadway, live performances in New York Yang returns to campaign trail following kidney stone MORE finished in fifth, with 5.6 percent support, while Rep. Tulsi GabbardTulsi GabbardNew co-chairs named for congressional caucus for millennials Tulsi Gabbard blasts new House rules on gender neutral language as 'height of hypocrisy' A vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 MORE (D-Hawaii) and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: Biden nominates former NSA deputy director to serve as cyber czar | Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after all | Biden pressed on semiconductor production amid shortage Apple to send witness to Senate hearing after pushback from Klobuchar, Lee Lobbying world MORE (D-Minn.) notched 5.4 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively. 

The poll suggests that, just two weeks ahead of the New Hampshire primaries, the Democratic presidential race in the state remains fluid, with each of the top four candidates scoring within the survey’s 4.4-point margin of error.

At the same time, nearly a quarter of respondents — 23.8 percent — said they were still undecided about whom they would vote for. And nearly half of respondents — 47.5 percent — said there is still a chance that they change their mind before the primary.

New Hampshire may carry particular weight for Sanders. He represents Vermont in the Senate, giving him something of a neighbor status in New Hampshire. And he won the Granite State primary in 2016, besting former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 MORE after his defeat in the Iowa caucuses.

But a strong performance in New Hampshire is also key for Warren, who, like Sanders, hails from a neighboring state.

Buttigieg was the candidate most frequently cited as voters’ second choice in the primary, with nearly 15 percent saying they would choose him if not for their No. 1 preference. Warren narrowly trailed him in that category, taking nearly 14 percent. Sanders and Biden took 12 percent and 10 percent, respectively.

The poll surveyed 500 likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire from Jan. 15 to 19. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.