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Biden leads Sanders by 15 points in Michigan: poll

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election MORE leads Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTlaib, Ocasio-Cortez offer bill to create national public banking system Cutting defense spending by 10 percent would debilitate America's military The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Election night could be a bit messy MORE (I-Vt.) by 15 points in the Michigan Democratic presidential primary, according to a new Monmouth University poll released on Monday. 

The poll shows Biden at 51 percent support in the Wolverine State compared to 36 percent support for Sanders.  

It’s the latest poll to show Biden with a wide lead in Michigan, suggesting the former vice president is poised to deal a blow to his chief progressive rival in a state that Sanders carried four years ago.

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A win for Biden in Michigan’s Democratic primary would also be significant because it will provide 125 delegates, the biggest haul among the six state voting on Tuesday.

A Detroit Free Press survey released earlier on Monday put Biden ahead of Sanders by 24 points. Another poll from the Michigan-based firm Target-Insyght showed Biden with an even wider 41-point lead.

But Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said that Michigan has a history of bucking expectations. 

Polls released in the weeks before the state’s 2016 presidential primaries showed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump may continue to campaign after Election Day if results are not finalized: report Hillicon Valley: Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked | Majority of voters in three swing states saw ads on social media questioning election validity: poll | Harris more often the target of online misinformation Analysis: Where the swing states stand in Trump-Biden battle MORE with a considerable lead over Sanders. The Vermont senator ultimately beat out Clinton in the primary by less than 2 percentage points.

“Biden appears to have the advantage because he is doing well among some groups that Sanders won four years ago,” Murray said. “But as we learned in 2016, Michigan can defy expectations.”

The Monmouth poll surveyed 411 likely Democratic primary voters in Michigan from March 5-8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.