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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 SandersOcasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Tipping point week for Trump, Biden, Congress, voters MORE (I-Vt.) is closing the gap between him and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally 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 John TrumpBiden holds massive cash advantage over Trump ahead of Election Day Tax records show Trump maintains a Chinese bank account: NYT Trump plays video of Biden, Harris talking about fracking at Pennsylvania rally 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 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 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."