Sanders leads in Illinois, North Carolina and Texas polls

Bernie Sanders addresses an enthusiastic crowd at Iowa State University
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New state polling released Thursday shows Bernie Sanders leading in the Super Tuesday states of North Carolina and Texas, as well as Illinois.

In Texas, Sanders leads former vice president Joe Biden, taking 23 percent of the vote in the UMass Lowell survey. Biden trails Sanders by three points, while Michael Bloomberg is in third place with 18 percent support.

Sanders also leads in a UMass Lowell poll of likely Democratic primary voters in North Carolina. Overall, Sanders had 23 percent support in the Tar Heel state, followed by Michael Bloomberg on 19 percent and Joe Biden on 16 percent.

In a Southern Illinois University poll of likely Illinois primary voters, Sanders leads by five points. The Vermont Senator picks up 22 percent support in the state, while Bloomberg trails with 17 percent and Biden with 13 percent. All other candidates polled in the single digits.

Texas and North Carolina are two of more than a dozens Super Tuesday contests on March 3, while the Illinois primary is held on Tuesday 17 March, along with Florida, Ohio and Arizona.

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