Bernie Sanders just melted away a 30-point Hillary Clinton lead in a new poll

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) closed a 30-point gap with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to virtually tie her in a new national survey published Friday.

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The poll, from Quinnipiac University, found Clinton leading Sanders among national Democratic-primary voters, 44 percent to 42 percent.

That was a wild swing from a mid-December Quinnipiac poll that found Clinton leading 61 percent to 30 percent nationally over Sanders.

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Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton wave to audience members after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (R) and Bernie Sanders shake hands as they participate in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders participates in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad / ALTERNATE CROP (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton arrives on stage before participating in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / JEWEL SAMAD / ALTERNATE CROP (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (R) and Bernie Sanders chat during a break as they participate in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders leaves the stage during a break as he participate in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate with Hillary Clinton at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton makes her opening statement during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / US Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (R) and Bernie Sanders participate in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton participates in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate with Bernie Sanders at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on February 4, 2016. Clinton and Sanders face off on February 4, in the first debate since their bruising Iowa clash that the former secretary of state won by a hair, as they gear for a battle royale in New Hampshire. / AFP / Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, shakes hands as they greet the audience before the audience before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton and Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, greet the audience before a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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DURHAM, NH - FEBRUARY 04: Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stand next to each other at the start of their MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate at the University of New Hampshire on February 4, 2016 in Durham, New Hampshire. This is the final debate for the Democratic candidates before the New Hampshire primaries.Ã (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, makes his opening statement as Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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"Democrats nationwide are feeling the Bern as Sen. Bernie Sanders closes a 31-point gap to tie Secretary Hillary Clinton," said Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac poll.

The Quinnipiac survey is the most bullish for Sanders on a national scale recently. Clinton remained ahead of Sanders in a Real Clear Politics average of recent national surveys by about 13 points.

Still, the Friday survey presented fresh signs of momentum for Sanders, who surprised much of the political world when he came close to overtaking Clinton in the Monday-night Iowa caucuses. He also appears primed for a win in New Hampshire, which holds its primaries next Tuesday: He's up by more than 20 points in an average of recent polls.

The Quinnipiac poll found that Sanders would fare better than Clinton in hypothetical general-election matchups, an argument he has started to make on the campaign trail. For example, while Clinton would lose to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) by seven points, Sanders would tie him, according to the survey. He would also double Clinton's margin of victory over real-estate magnate Donald Trump.

For his part, Trump continued to lead on the Republican side, according to Quinnipiac. He received 31 percent of the vote, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) at 22% and Rubio at 19%.

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