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Clinton’s Lead Narrows Nationally

Hillary Clinton continues to struggle in the polls as Bernie Sanders gains on her nationally.

In the latest Monmouth University poll, Clinton took home 52 percent of the vote, down 7 points from December, while Sanders secured 37 percent, up 11 points.

The Hill reports:

Three-quarters of the interviews were conducted before the pair sparred over guns and their approaches to healthcare in the fourth Democratic debate Sunday night.

Clinton held a 26-point advantage over Sanders last month among self-described liberals and now trails Sanders by 9 points among that group in the new poll.

She’s also taken a hit among female voters, from holding a 45-point advantage over Sanders last month to now holding a 19-point edge among the demographic.

While Sanders has cut into Clinton’s lead nationally, the former secretary of State continues to hold substantial leads over Sanders among older voters and minorities.

“With a shrinking margin, a strong showing by Sanders in Iowa and New Hampshire could cut Clinton’s national lead even more. However, he would still have to overcome Clinton’s demographic advantage in the ensuing contests,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement accompanying the poll.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley drew 2 percent support in the latest national poll.

The survey of 352 registered voters was conducted Jan. 15-18 via landlines and cellphones with a margin of error of 5.2 percentage points.

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