Upstaters feel Bern, keen on Cruz

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton hold commanding leads over their respective rivals in the presential race in a Siena College poll of New York voters released Monday. But those margins are smaller among upstate voters, for whom Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz each are running a relatively close second place.

Statewide, Democratic voters preferred Clinton over Sanders by 55 percent to 34 percent, a 21-point gap. But upstate, her lead shrunk to 8 percentage points: 47 percent to 39 percent. The former first lady, New York senator and secretary of state fares best in the suburbs, where 63 percent of Democratic respondents chose her.

On the Republican side, the leading candidates were: Trump, 34 percent; Cruz and Marco Rubio, tied at 16 percent; and Chris Christie, 11 percent. Polling at 42 percent in New York City and the suburbs, Trump plunges to 24 percent among upstate Republicans. Nipping at Trump’s heels upstate are: Cruz, 20 percent; Christie, 18 percent; and Rubio, 17 percent.


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