Bernie Sanders closing gap on Hillary Clinton in Iowa, poll shows


(JTA) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is closing the gap in Iowa on front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic race for president, according to a poll.

Clinton leads Sanders, who is Jewish, by a margin of 37 percent to 30 percent among likely Democratic caucusgoers in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll, the Register reported. Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced a run for the top spot, garnered 14 percent.

Clinton has lost a third of her Iowa supporters since May, the Register reported.

The Iowa caucus, the first electoral test in the 2016 presidential campaign, will be held Feb. 1.

Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Senate Democrats, is attracting more first-time caucus goers than Clinton, according to the poll, and caucus goers genuinely like him, the poll found.

Earlier this month, Sanders surpassed Clinton for the top spot among New Hampshire Democratic voters, a Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll found. New Hampshire will hold its primary on Feb. 9.

Sanders led Clinton 44-37 percent among the 442 likely Democratic primary voters who responded to the New Hampshire survey.

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