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Poll finds Clinton ahead with key voters; Trump with large lead

Tom Magnarelli
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A new poll finds that Bernie Sanders has narrowed the gap with Hillary Clinton among likely Democratic voters in the New York residential primary race, but Clinton leads in key voting regions.

The Siena College poll finds that while 52 percent of Democrats would vote for Hillary Clinton, compared to 42 percent for Bernie Sanders, Clinton is ahead in voter-rich New York City and surrounding suburbs. The two are even in upstate, but that represents just around one-quarter of total Democratic voters. Siena’s Steve Greenberg says there’s also an age divide between the two candidates.

Clinton is also ahead with older voters, while Sanders leads with younger voters. 

“The real question is, do those young voters feel the Bern enough to come out and actually vote on Tuesday?" Greenberg said. "If they do, that could make this race much closer."

On the Republican side, Donald Trump has a strong lead, with the support of 50 percent of all New York’s GOP voters, with Kasich running second at 27 percent and Cruz at 17 percent.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.