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Presidential Election Poll 2016: Hillary Holds Lead Among Blacks, Latinos; Sanders Winning White Vote

First Posted: Jan 15, 2016 02:02 PM EST
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Not only does Hillary Clinton have a strong lead in the 2016 Democratic presidential race, but a new poll shows that the front-runner has overwhelming support from people of color, while more white Democrats are leaning towards Bernie Sanders.

According to a NBC News poll released Tuesday, Clinton has a huge lead over Sanders with African Americans, 63 to 20 percent, and Hispanic voters, 54 percent to 33 percent. She also holds a 15-point lead over the Vermont senator among Democrats nationwide, with 52 percent of voters compared to his 37 percent. The poll, which was conducted from Jan. 4 to Jan. 10, shows former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley coming in with just 2 percent of the vote.

Despite her advantages, the poll shows that Sanders is pulling in more white and younger Democrats. According to a NBC News/SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll, 46 percent of white Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters back sanders, while 44 percent pick Clinton.

Sanders also tops Clinton with a double digit lead among millennial voters ages 18 to 24: 68 percent said they support him, while just 26 percent are standing with the former first lady. Clinton, however, has a 25-point advantage over Sanders among Democrats aged 65 and older. Plus, she has the support of 56 percent of women, compared to Sanders who has 32 percent, and men, 46 percent to 43 percent.

Earlier this month, a Gravis Marketing poll conducted from Dec. 23 to Dec. 27, revealed that former Secretary of State Clinton had a 23-point lead over Sanders in Nevada -- a state where Latinos make up a large voting bloc. She received 50 percent of support among likely Democratic caucus goers, compared to Sanders, who received 27 percent. Meanwhile, O'Malley came in at one percent, while 22 percent of respondents said they are still undecided.

The same poll shows that GOP front-runner Donald Trump leads the Republican field in the Silver State with 33 percent of support from likely Republican primary voters. That gives him a 13-point lead over Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who stands at 20 percent.

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