Sanders surges into dead heat with Biden in nationwide poll

Sanders surges into dead heat with Biden in nationwide poll
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Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Senate Democrats pump brakes on new stimulus checks The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Unemployment claims now at 41 million with 2.1 million more added to rolls; Topeka mayor says cities don't have enough tests for minorities and homeless communities MORE (I-Vt.) is in a dead heat nationally with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign cancels fundraiser with Mueller prosecutor Twitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation MORE, according to the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll released Friday.

Of Democratic primary voters, 27 percent said they support the Vermont senator, while Biden gained 26 percent of the vote.

Sanders picked up 6 points from the same poll in December, when he garnered 21 percent.

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The numbers show that Sanders's support is rising nationally ahead of Monday's first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCOVID-19 workplace complaints surge; unions rip administration Gloves come off as Democrats fight for House seat in California Police killing in Minneapolis puts new scrutiny on Biden pick MORE (D-Mass.) finished third with 15 percent of the vote and former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE, who has also seen his numbers steadily climb, finished fourth with 9 percent of the vote. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden hopes to pick VP by Aug. 1 It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Here's how Biden can win over the minority vote and the Rust Belt MORE rounded out the top five with 7 percent.

The RealClearPolitics average of national polls shows Biden holding onto a 5-point lead over Sanders, but Sanders has picked up more than 4 points in the average since the beginning of 2020.

The Iowa caucuses, which are Monday, are the first time that Americans get to voice their vote for who they want to see be the Democratic nominee in November. A recent Monmouth Iowa poll showed Biden with 2-point lead over Sanders and five candidates polling at 10 percent or higher.

The NBC-WSJ poll surveyed 428 Democratic primary voters and took place between Jan. 26-29 and has a margin of error of 4.7 percentage points.