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Sanders gaining ground on Biden with black voters: poll

Sanders gaining ground on Biden with black voters: poll
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE (I-Vt.) is closing the gap between him and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot MORE when it comes to black voters, according to a new NBC News-Wall Street Journal national poll.

Among black Democratic primary voters surveyed, 31 percent said they back Biden, while 29 percent said they back Sanders, which fell well within the poll's margin of error.

The black voting bloc is a demographic that Biden has been able to point to as a strength during the Democratic nomination process.

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Aggregated data from 2019 versions of the NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll show that Biden's lead among black voters was as much as 30 percentage points at times last year.

Among black voters surveyed, just 14 percent said they approve of the job President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE is doing in office, and the numbers show they would overwhelmingly choose any Democrat over the president in November.

Biden has struggled in the first two 2020 votes, finishing fourth in the Iowa caucuses and fifth in the New Hampshire primary. Sanders, meanwhile, has surged, virtually tying with former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden vs. Trump, part II Chasten Buttigieg jokes about his husband biking home from work MORE in Iowa and winning New Hampshire.

With only 139 respondents, the margin of error — plus or minus 8.31 percentage points — was high for this poll. NBC News admits that because of this, "it is difficult to differentiate the true levels of support for each of the candidates."