New Bernie Sanders Vs. Hillary Clinton Polls: More Bad News For ‘The Bern’ As Clinton Holds Multi-State Leads

New polls released the day after Hillary Clinton dealt rival Bernie Sanders a ringing defeat in the crucial New York primary brought more bad news for the reeling Sanders campaign on Wednesday, as three surveys from states that will vote on April 26 all showed Clinton with significant leads.

With 99.6 percent of the vote reported by Wednesday afternoon, the measure of Clinton’s trouncing of Sanders in New York the previous day became clear. While Sanders did well upstate, winning numerous rural counties with low population and low vote totals, Clinton swept the state’s urban and suburban regions to pick up 1,054,083 votes to 763,469 for Bernie Sanders.

Hillary Clinton, the 69-year-old former New York senator and United States secretary of state, won all five boroughs of New York City, as well as the adjacent suburbs in Westchester County and Long Island, on her way to collecting 58 percent of the vote, compared to 42 percent for Sanders, the 74-year-old senator from Vermont who had served an an independent for his entire career, until deciding to run for president as a Democrat.

Clinton also won in Buffalo and Rochester.

Watch Hillary Clinton deliver her New York victory speech in the video below.

Bernie Sanders flew back to his Vermont home after holding a rally in Pennsylvania Tuesday, saying he needed to “recharge,” before hitting the campaign trail again.

Watch Sanders make a brief statement Tuesday night to reporters just after his arrival in Vermont in the following video.

The New York defeat served as a severe reality check for Bernie Sanders and his campaign, leaving the self-described democratic socialist 237 delegates behind Clinton.

Now, if the new polls are accurate, Sanders is looking at another string of setbacks next Tuesday, with polling deficits in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware. A fifth state voting on Tuesday, Rhode Island, has not yet been polled by any major agency.

Maryland and Pennsylvania are the two most important states holding primaries on April 26, with 95 and 189 pledged delegates, respectively, to be apportioned between Clinton and Sanders, depending on the results of the voting.

But on Tuesday, Public Policy Polling released a survey showing Clinton stomping Bernie Sanders in Maryland with a daunting 25-point lead.

And then on Wednesday, Monmouth University released the first poll taken in Pennsylvania since April 7 — and the results put Clinton in the lead by 13 percentage points. Clinton holds 52 percent support among likely Democratic voters in the Monmouth poll, to 39 percent for Sanders.

A large portion of Clinton’s support in the state, according to the poll, comes from women, who support her by a margin of 61-32. Sanders leads among male voters by a more modest 50-41 gap.

The races in Connecticut and Delaware — with 55 and 21 delegates, respectively — are closer, though Clinton leads in both smaller states according to polls released on Wednesday.

In Connecticut, a Quinnipiac University poll showed Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders by nine points, thanks largely to her broad support from women and, to an even greater extent, black voters.

With black voters in Connecticut, a state where the population is 11.5 percent African-American, black voters favor Clinton by an overwhelming 36 percentage point margin, 66-25. Women voters also back the candidate, who if elected would be the first woman elected president of the United States, by 17 points, 55-38.

Sanders’ greatest strength, as has been the case in every state, comes with young voters ages 18 to 34 years old. In Connecticut, almost three of every four of those young voters favor Sanders, who leads by 73-26.


In Delaware, a Gravis Marketing poll, conducted by automated telephone calls, came out on Wednesday, again containing bad news for Bernie Sanders. Gravis, the last of the new polls Wednesday, showed Sanders behind Hillary Clinton by seven points in Delaware, 45-38. But with 17 percent of voters undecided, the state may still be fertile ground for a Bernie Sanders comeback.

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