Bernie Sanders Leads Hillary Clinton by 9 Points in New Hampshire

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign stop in Conway, New Hampshire August 24, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Brian Snyder)
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign stop in Conway, New Hampshire August 24, 2015. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Brian Snyder)

Bernie Sanders has jumped out to a 9-point lead over front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, and he’s gained ground on her in Iowa in the Democratic presidential race, according to a pair of brand-new NBC News/Marist polls.

In New Hampshire, Sanders gets the support of 41% of Democratic voters, Clinton gets 32% and Vice President Joe Biden gets 16%. No other Democratic candidate receives more than 1%.

Back in July’s NBC/Marist poll, Clinton was ahead of Sanders in the Granite State by 10 points, 42% to 32%, with Biden at 12%.

Without Biden in the race, Sanders’ lead over Clinton in the current survey increases to 11 points, 49% to 38%.

In Iowa, Clinton maintains her previous advantage over Sanders – but her lead has declined from 24 points in July (49% to 25%) to 11 points (38% to 27%); Biden sits at 20%.

Trump ahead in both Iowa and New Hampshire
Meanwhile, in the Republican presidential race, Donald Trump now holds a 7-point lead in Iowa and a 16-point one in New Hampshire.

In the Hawkeye State, Trump gets the support from 29% of potential GOP caucus-goers, while Ben Carson receives 22%. There’s a steep drop off after that: Jeb Bush gets 6%; Carly Fiorina, Rand Paul and Scott Walker get 5%; and Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal are at 4%.

In July, Walker was ahead of the Iowa Republican field at 19%, Trump was second at 17% and Bush was third at 12%.

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SOURCE: MSNBC, Mark Murray

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