Sanders tops Clinton in a national poll for the first time

Sanders tops Clinton in a national poll for the first time
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Bernie Sanders has passed Hillary Clinton at the top of a national poll for the first time in the 2016 race.

A Fox News poll of the Democratic presidential race released Thursday shows Sanders with 47 percent support to Clinton’s 44 percent.

That’s a gain of 10 percentage points for Sanders a January version of the poll. Clinton’s support declined 5 points.

Clinton posted leads as high as 30 points over the summer, but Sanders has been steadily closing the gap. While no other poll of the race going back to 2014 has ever showed Clinton trailing a rival, she led Sanders by just 2 points in the last two Quinnipiac University tracking polls.

It’s unclear whether the numbers are outliers or indicative of a dramatic change in the race. Outside of the Quinnipiac poll, Clinton posted double-digit leads in all three national polls conducted in February, with the largest lead coming in at 21 percentage points.

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