Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are in a dead heat nationally

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows Bernie Sanders has erased Hillary Clinton’s lead for the Democratic presidential nomination since the start of year, putting the two in a dead heat nationally.

Clinton leads Sanders 48 percent to 45 percent among Democratic voters, according to the poll of 512 Americans, conducted Feb. 2-5 after the Iowa caucus. The poll has a margin of error of 5 percentage points.

Democrats had been supporting Clinton by more than a 2-to-1 margin at the beginning of 2016.

There is still a wide name-recognition gap between the two. About a quarter of Democrats and two-fifths of Independents say they are not that familiar with Sanders, but Clinton has almost total name recognition among voters.

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