Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's lead in the Democratic presidential race shrank in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll
as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues making gains.
Clinton's lead is cut even more if Vice President Joe Biden decides to enter the race.
Clinton leads Sanders 53 percent to 38 percent without Biden in the contest. That 15 percent difference is a big drop from the 34-point lead she held in the same poll in July.
But if Biden, who is said to be considering entering the race, is considered, Clinton's lead is cut to 7 percent. She has 42 percent to Sanders' 35 percent. Biden comes in third at 17 percent.
Continuing questions over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state have been eroding Clinton's lead, as has a general anti-establishment mood of voters from both parties.
Sanders, an independent who describes himself as a democratic socialist, has been picking up that support.
Even without Biden as a consideration, Clinton's support has dropped steadily. She was a strong 75 percent in June, then dropped to 59 percent in July before falling to 53 percent in the latest survey.
Sanders takes half of white voters, while Clinton registers only 41 percent. Seventy-five percent of non-white voters favor Clinton. If Biden enters the race about 25 percent of non-white voters favor him, and 59 percent favor Clinton.
The poll, conducted September 20-24, surveyed 1,000 adults, including 256 who said they would vote in a Democratic primary. The margin of error among Democratic primary voters it was 6.13 percentage points.
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