- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont are running neck-and-neck in Nevada ahead of Saturday’s caucuses, according to a CNN/ORC poll on the 2016 Democratic presidential race released Wednesday.

Mrs. Clinton had the support of 48 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers and Mr. Sanders was at 47 percent, according to the poll.

She had the edge among women, while he held a lead among voters under the age of 55.

Mrs. Clinton was more trusted on the issues of foreign policy, race relations, immigration, and health care, and voters were split 48 percent for Mrs. Clinton and 47 percent for Mr. Sanders on the economy.

Mr. Sanders had the edge over Mrs. Clinton, 50 percent to 47 percent, on who would do more to help the middle class. Fifty percent said Mrs. Clinton best represents Democratic values, while 49 percent said Mr. Sanders does.

On the Republican side, businessman Donald Trump had a big lead on his 2016 opponents, getting 45 percent support among likely Republican caucus-goers, with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida in second at 19 percent and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in third at 17 percent.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson was at 7 percent, Ohio Gov. John Kasich was at 5 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was at 1 percent.

The GOP holds its caucuses in the state on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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