— -- Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by double digits in New York, according to a new poll.
In the NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released today, Clinton has a 17-point lead over Sanders, 57-40 percent.
The former New York senator’s commanding lead comes just hours ahead of the Democratic debate hosted by CNN in Brooklyn, where both candidates will offer their final pitches to voters of the Empire State before its primary on April 19.
The poll, conducted on April 10-13, finds Clinton has the upper hand in New York City and the surrounding suburbs, over her opponent and Brooklyn native, Sanders.
Despite Clinton’s edge in the Empire State, a national Fox News poll released today shows she and Sanders are in a dead heat, 48-46 percent. In the same poll just last month, Clinton held a nearly 13-point lead over Sanders, 55-42 percent.