Hillary Clinton took 44 percent to Bernie Sanders' 42 percent of the vote in a new national poll

By Tierney McAfee
February 17, 2016 02:25 PM
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The “virtual tie” continues.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are neck and neck in a new national poll from Quinnipiac University.

Clinton took 44 percent to Sanders’ 42 percent of the vote as the tight race heads to contests in Nevada and South Carolina.

The Democratic hopefuls are also in a dead heat for Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, according to a new CNN/ORC poll. Overall, 48 percent of likely caucusgoers say they support Clinton, while 47 percent back Sanders. The Vermont senator leads the former secretary of state among voters under 55, while Clinton has regained a much-needed edge among women.

Clinton, who lost women voters to Sanders by a stunning 11 points in the New Hampshire primary last week, acknowledged in her concession speech that she has “work to do” with young voters, adding, “Even if they’re not supporting me now, I support them.”

In the wake of the primary, some political experts speculated that Clinton’s unexpected difficulty attracting women voters could spell significant trouble for her candidacy.

But according to the national Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, the gender gap between both candidates is closing, with women backing Clinton over Sanders 47 percent to 41 percent. (Men supported Sanders over Clinton 44 percent to 40 percent.)

While 83 percent of Democrats said Clinton has a strong chance of winning in November, only 69 percent said the same for Sanders.

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