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Sanders Surges Ahead Of Clinton In New Poll

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A new poll shows Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is now leading Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire in the Democractic presidential race.

The Marist Poll puts Sanders nine points ahead, with 41 percent support. Clinton scored 32 percent.

"If earlier references were made to Hillary Clinton as being inevitable, those are no longer in play," poll director Lee Miringoff told WCBS 880's Jim Smith.

If Vice President Joe Biden was in the race, the same survey shows him in third place with 16 percent.

Sanders Surges Ahead Of Clinton In New Poll

"I think the secretary's people are very nervous about the kind of energy and enthusiasm our campaign is giving forth," Sanders, who has spent the past several days campaigning in Iowa, said Saturday.

In Iowa, Clinton's 24 point lead in July has been cut more than half to just 11. Clinton has been dogged by constant questions about her private email server while she was Secretary of State. She won the 2008 New Hampshire primary and campaigned there on Saturday.

"I've always thought this was going to be a competitive primary and, I welcome that," said Clinton, who has more events in Iowa in Monday.

Biden is still mulling over whether he wants to join the race. His aides say he'll make a decision by month's end, CBS2's Don Champion reported.

On the Republican side in New Hampshire, Donald Trump leads with 28 percent. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is next with 12 percent, followed by Ben Carson at 11 percent and Jeb Bush with 8 percent.

"People who are not happy with politics as usual are turning towards his [Trump's] totally non-conventional style," Miringoff said, adding Christie is not getting any traction.

Labor Day is often seen as the unofficial kickoff to the campaign season. There are 147 days until the Iowa caucuses and 155 days until the New Hampshire primary.

The first Democractic debate is now a month away.

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