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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 SandersTrump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE (I-Vt.) is in a dead heat nationally with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Brad Pitt narrates Biden ad airing during World Series 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 WarrenWhat do Google, banks and chicken salad have in common? Final debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks MORE (D-Mass.) finished third with 15 percent of the vote and former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergThe Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Biden breaks all-time television spending record Trump squeezed by cash crunch in final election sprint MORE, who has also seen his numbers steadily climb, finished fourth with 9 percent of the vote. Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegLGBTQ voters must show up at the polls, or risk losing progress Buttigieg says it's time to 'turn the page' on Trump administration Sunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 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.