ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A new poll indicates Bernie Sanders could sweep the three Midwestern states staging primaries on Tuesday, but he will need crossover voters to do it.
The surveys by Public Policy Polling give Clinton slim leads overall in Illinois and Ohio, and Sanders a slim lead in Missouri. However, Republicans and Independents in all three states overwhelmingly support Sanders.
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In Missouri, Sanders has a one-point lead (47-46) over Clinton overall, but trails her by 17 points (56-39) among Democrats. Among Independents, Sanders leads Clinton by 39 points (62-23). He leads her among Republicans by 43 points (66-23).
In Illinois, Clinton leads overall by three points (48-45) and by 22 points (59-37) among Democrats. But Sanders holds sizable leads among Independents (69-18) and Republicans (62-23).
Clinton holds a five-point lead overall in Ohio, thanks to an 18 point (55-37) advantage among Democrats. Sanders leads by 33 points (53-20) among Independents and 35 points (56-21) among Republicans.
All three states have open primaries, which means non-registered Democrats can vote in that party’s primary.
Clinton has big leads in Tuesday’s other primary states, Florida and North Carolina.
The surveys were conducted on behalf of the VoteVets Action Fund.
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