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Bernie Sanders leads Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Hillary Clinton
Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont) speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. The dog days of summer are over for Democrats in the field of would-be presidents.

Bernie Sanders has jumped out to a nine-point lead over front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, and he's gained ground on her among Iowa voters in the Democratic presidential race, according to a pair of brand-new NBC News/Marist polls.

In New Hampshire, the Vermont senator gets the support of 41 per cent of Democratic voters, Clinton gets 32 per cent and Vice-President Joe Biden gets 16 per cent. No other Democratic candidate receives more than one per cent.

In July's NBC/Marist poll, Clinton was ahead of Sanders in the Granite State by 10 points, 42 per cent to 32 per cent, with Biden at 12 per cent.

Without Biden in the race, Sanders' lead over Clinton in the current survey increases to 11 points, 49 per cent to 38 per cent.

In Iowa, Clinton maintains her previous advantage over Sanders - but her lead has declined from 24 points in July (49 per cent to 25 per cent) to 11 points (38 per cent to 27 per cent); Biden sits at 20 per cent.