BERNIE SANDERS POLLS: AFTER TRAILING HILLARY CLINTON BY 30 POINTS IN ILLINOIS, SANDERS NOW LEADS JUST TWO DAYS BEFORE VOTING
By NATHAN FRANCIS
Bernie Sanders is nearing Hillary Clinton in Illinois, with the Vermont Senator aiming to pull off another upset win like last week’s surprising victory in Michigan.
The Sanders campaign would have been close to wrapped up had he lost last week in Michigan, a state where polls showed Clinton ahead by a roughly 20-point margin. But instead Sanders pulled off the upset victory, propelling his campaign forward to critical upcoming votes in Ohio, Florida, and Illinois.
New polls released Sunday show that Bernie Sanders may be close to pulling off another victory in Illinois. Like in Michigan, Hillary Clinton once dominated polling in Illinois, with Real Clear Politics giving her a roughly 32-point advantage.
But much of that polling comes from before Sanders pulled off the Michigan upset, and new data suggests that her lead may have all but evaporated.
A CBS News poll found that Bernie Sanders now leads 48 percent to 46 percent.
A new poll from NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist also shows a very tight race, with Sanders slashing the lead to just six points, trailing Clinton 51 percent to 45 percent.
The contest on Tuesday will now be a test of whether last week’s outcome in Michigan was an outlier or the sign of a shifting race, with the Clinton-friendly states in the south largely over and now Bernie Sanders with a chance to make up ground in the midwest.