- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 19, 2016

Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont both beat likely GOP nominee Donald Trump in New Jersey, according to a new poll that cast some doubt on the billionaire businessman’s boast that he can win deep-blue states.

Mrs. Clinton topped Mr. Trump 45 percent to 38 percent, while Mr. Sanders bested the Republican 49 percent to 37 percent in New Jersey, according to an independent Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Later in the day, Mr. Trump will hold a fundraising event in New Jersey with the state’s Republican governor, Chris Christie.

Mr. Christie is a former 2016 presidential contender who dropped out and became a prominent ally of Mr. Trump.

Mrs. Clinton, who is closing in on her party’s nomination despite a spirited challenge from Mr. Sanders, leads in the race for New Jersey’s Democratic primary June 7, the poll said.

She enjoyed a 14-point advantage over Mr. Sanders in the survey, 54 percent to 40 percent.

In the theoretical general election matchup, the poll found wide gender and racial gaps between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump.

New Jersey men backed Mr. Trump 46 percent to 36 percent, while women sided with the Democrat 53 percent to 32 percent. White voters preferred Mr. Trump 48 percent to 36 percent, and black voters overwhelmingly chose Mrs. Clinton 84 percent to 3 percent, the poll found.

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