Biden leads Sanders by 15 points in Michigan: poll

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE leads Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) by 15 points in the Michigan Democratic presidential primary, according to a new Monmouth University poll released on Monday. 

The poll shows Biden at 51 percent support in the Wolverine State compared to 36 percent support for Sanders.  

It’s the latest poll to show Biden with a wide lead in Michigan, suggesting the former vice president is poised to deal a blow to his chief progressive rival in a state that Sanders carried four years ago.

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A win for Biden in Michigan’s Democratic primary would also be significant because it will provide 125 delegates, the biggest haul among the six state voting on Tuesday.

A Detroit Free Press survey released earlier on Monday put Biden ahead of Sanders by 24 points. Another poll from the Michigan-based firm Target-Insyght showed Biden with an even wider 41-point lead.

But Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said that Michigan has a history of bucking expectations. 

Polls released in the weeks before the state’s 2016 presidential primaries showed Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE with a considerable lead over Sanders. The Vermont senator ultimately beat out Clinton in the primary by less than 2 percentage points.

“Biden appears to have the advantage because he is doing well among some groups that Sanders won four years ago,” Murray said. “But as we learned in 2016, Michigan can defy expectations.”

The Monmouth poll surveyed 411 likely Democratic primary voters in Michigan from March 5-8. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.8 percentage points.

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