Bernie Sanders surged in a fresh batch of polls

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US Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) continues to rise in the polls.

A new CNN/ORC poll released Monday showed Sanders with the biggest leap among any candidate in the 2016 field. And a new poll in the first-in-the-nation primary state of New Hampshire found him slightly expanding his lead there over former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

In Monday's CNN poll, Sanders garnered 29% support nationally, up 5% from a similar CNN poll released a month ago.

That still put him far behind Clinton, who grabbed 45% of national Democratic primary voters. Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, has seen support rebound among Democratic voters since bottoming out at 37% in a similar CNN poll released in early September. She moved up to 42% in mid-September, meaning she rose three points in Monday's poll.

And in New Hampshire, a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll found Sanders with an eight-point lead over Clinton in the state. That was up a point from the last FPU/Boston Herald poll, and his lead increases to 10 points without Vice President Joe Biden in the survey.

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Bernie Sanders surged in a fresh batch of polls

1. He's a socialist, and he doesn't deny it. When he ran for office in 1990 he responded to an ad trying to link him to Fidel Castro by saying,  "I am a socialist and everyone knows that."
 

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2. He used to moonlight as a comedy actor, appearing in the 1999 film "My X-Girlfriends Wedding Reception."

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3. He is the longest-serving Independent member of Congress ever.

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4. He made headlines in in 2010 when he tried to block a deal that included a tax cut extension for the wealthy with a filibuster-like stand. The stunt trended on Twitter with the hashtag #filibernie and later crashed the Senate video server.

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5. He is not religious. While all past presidents have been openly religious and Christian, Sanders says he identifies as Jewish but doesn't practice. 

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6. Despite being given an"F" rating by the NRA, Sanders has often voted in their favor. Once he voted to pass a bill that would prevent people from suing manufacturers, dealers and distributors when their products were misused.

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7. He grew up in a working class family in Brooklyn, and his father was a Polish immigrant.

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8. He released an album called 'We Shall Overcome' in which he reads speeches about peace and justice with a choir singing in the background. It's available on iTunes. 

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9. He is a big believer in Scandinavian political thinking and has said that the U.S. should adopt some of their principles, including the idea that health care should be a right, and higher education should be free.

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10. Barack Obama campaigned for him when he ran for Senate in 2006.
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Sanders' and Clinton's rises come as several other lower-tier competitors appear to have sunk even further in the polls. In the CNN survey, Biden, who is still mulling an entry into the race, has dipped four points since a mid-September CNN poll showed him with 22% support among Democratic voters. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's support in Monday's poll has sunk below 1%.

It's not clear whether Sanders' surge is a result of his performance at the first Democratic debate. According to CNN, almost 60% of Democratic voters surveyed said Clinton did the "best job" in the debate, compared to 35% who said Sanders prevailed.

But Sanders had the largest social-media moment of the night with his dismissal of the legitimacy of Clinton's email controversy.

For her part, Clinton's summer downslide in polls appears to be leveling off. In the first major poll released following last week's debate, a Suffolk University/Boston Globe poll of New Hampshire Democrats found Clinton taking a slight lead in the Granite State for the first time in several months. In that poll, 37% of Democratic voters said they'd support Clinton, compared with 35% who'd support Sanders.

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