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Boston Herald Poll: Bernie Sanders Favored to Win New Hampshire, 44-37

Clinton victory no longer seen as inevitable

A new poll by Franklin Pierce University and the Boston Herald released Tuesday night shows U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders defeating Hillary Clinton by a 7-point margin among likely Democratic primary voters in New Hampshire, the first presidential primary contest of 2016. The last FPU/BH poll conducted had Clinton trouncing Sanders 44-8. The poll sampled 442 New Hampshire voters.

The poll comes on the heels of Sanders’ barnstorming tour down the West Coast, where the Vermont senator attracted nearly 100,000 people to rallies in Washington, Oregon, and California. His latest rally in Los Angeles brought out an estimated 27,500 supporters — far more than any other 2016 presidential candidate to date. After an awkward confrontation with Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle, Sanders spoke to stadiums packed with supporters about his plans to reform the criminal justice system to end racially-biased policing. Sanders also picked up a major endorsement from the National Nurses’ Union.

Clinton, however, is reeling just having surrendered her private email server to the FBI, after two top-secret state department emails were found. Four aides to the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State have also surrendered personal emails to federal authorities after a Congressional inquiry. Clinton’s most recent stop in New Hampshire was marred by news of her campaign denying access to 5 Black Lives Matter activists at a public event. Clinton met with the activists afterward, who asked Clinton about her role in supporting the war on drugs. After the event, activists told press she “gave the answer she wanted to give.”

Sanders and Clinton won’t meet for their first debate until October 13. The Democratic National Committee has only scheduled six debates throughout the primaries, while Republicans have scheduled 10.

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