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 SandersBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Judge slams Wisconsin governor, lawmakers for not delaying election amid coronavirus outbreak The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden offers to talk coronavirus response with Trump MORE (I-Vt.) is closing the gap between him and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Overnight Health Care: Trump resists pressure for nationwide stay-at-home order | Trump open to speaking to Biden about virus response | Fauci gets security detail | Outbreak creates emergency in nursing homes 16 things to know today about coronavirus outbreak 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 campaign: Trump and former vice president will have phone call about coronavirus Esper: Military personnel could help treat coronavirus patients 'if push comes to shove' Schumer calls for military official to act as medical equipment czar 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 ButtigiegThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Pence defends response, says Trump never 'belittled' virus threat Reuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren 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."