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CNN/ORC poll shows Clinton, Sanders in near tie; Trump leading Nevada

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. (Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0)

RENO, Nev. (KRNV) - According to the latest CNN/ORC poll, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Nevada has dropped to one percentage point, with a quarter of likely Democratic voters still trying to decide whom to vote for.

Clinton's lead dropped to 48 percent from 50 percent in October, and Sanders jumped to 47 percent of voters from 34 percent in October.

Secretary Clinton's lead was highest when asked which candidate would be the best to handle foreign policy, with a 40-point lead over Sanders. Sanders had a three-point lead over Clinton when asked who would do the most to help the middle class.

On the Republican side, businessman Donald Trump proves to be the frontrunner at 45 percent, leading the closest runner-up, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, by 26 percent. Fifty-five percent of voters said Trump would be the candidate who would do the best job of handling ISIS, and 61 percent said the billionaire would be the best candidate to handle the economy.

Both Republican and Democratic caucus-goers said the economy is the most important issue they consider when deciding whom to vote for. Democratic voters said health care is their second priority, and Republican voters said illegal immigration was their second priority.

The poll was conducted by interviewing 1,006 adult Nevadans via telephone Feb. 10-15. The full results and additional details can be viewed here.

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