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Buttigieg Surges In Poll Ahead Of New Hampshire Primary

Democratic presidential hopeful and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg‘s support has surged in New Hampshire ahead of the state’s primary, according to a new WBZ/Boston Globe/Suffolk University daily tracking poll released on Thursday night.

Buttigieg’s support shot up four points to 23 percent in the state over the past 24 hours, according to the survey. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) still leads with 24 percent support, but the latest results put the two candidates closer in a virtual tie.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) came in with 13 percent support in the poll, and former Vice President Joe Biden garnered 11 percent support in the Granite State.

The latest tracking poll number comes as Buttigieg and Sanders are locked in a dead-heat in Iowa after the first-in-the-nation caucuses with 100 percent of the results in.

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Buttigieg leads by a narrow margin with 26. 2 percent among Iowa State Delegate Equivalents, while Sanders is on his heels at 26.1 percent.

Despite the tight race, both campaigns declared victory on Thursday night.

“It’s fantastic news to hear that we won,” Buttigieg said at a CNN town hall in Manchester, N.H. “I want to say that Senator Sanders had a great night too, and I want to congratulate him and his supporters.”

Meanwhile, senior Sanders campaign adviser Jeff Weaver released a statement touting what they said was a win in Iowa.

“Tonight’s release of data by the Iowa Democratic Party confirms Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Iowa caucus,” Weaver said.

The WBZ/Boston Globe/Suffolk University daily tracking poll is made up of a two-day rolling sample of 500 likely New Hampshire Democratic primary voters. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percent.

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