Hillary Clinton's lead over Bernie Sanders swells after strong Super Tuesday

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Tracking Polls Show Clinton Widens Lead Over Sanders

Coming off of key Super Tuesday wins and a victory in the Louisiana primary, Hillary Clinton is up 4 points and Bernie Sanders dropped 3 points nationally in the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll.

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This is the first large shift in our tracking poll since its debut in the first week of January. Clinton now enjoys a 17-point lead over Sanders headed into Michigan and Mississippi on Tuesday night.

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FLINT, MI - MARCH 06: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the state's primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FLINT, MI - MARCH 06: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the state's primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FLINT, MI - MARCH 06: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the state's primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FLINT, MI - MARCH 06: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the state's primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FLINT, MI - MARCH 06: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the state's primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FLINT, MI - MARCH 06: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate with candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the state's primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton bows her head for a moment of silence for First Lady Nancy Regan before the start of the Democratic Debate in Flint, Michigan, March 6, 2016. / AFP / Geoff Robins (Photo credit should read GEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images)
FLINT, MI - MARCH 06: /Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) speaks as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the state's primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
FLINT, MI - MARCH 06: Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speak during the CNN Democratic Presidential Primary Debate at the Whiting Auditorium at the Cultural Center Campus on March 6, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the state's primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., argue a point during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., take the stage before a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Michigan-Flint, Sunday, March 6, 2016, in Flint, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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These results are from the latest Weekly Tracking Poll conducted online among a national sample of 21,996 adults, including 19,051 who say they are registered to vote.

Though the Sanders campaign continues to win caucus states, raise millions of dollars in individual donations and pick up several endorsements as the contest continues, Clinton maintains her status as the candidate who most Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters think will win the eventual nomination.

As many look past the primary nominating contests and begin to analyze the political arena headed into the general election, there is evidence that Clinton is gaining support among millennial voters under 30. Sanders has consistently beat Clinton among this age cohort regardless of gender in most of the primary races, but results from our latest tracking poll suggest that Clinton may be chipping away at his edge among some of these voters.

Clinton, who has been in a tight battle with Sanders among voters age 25-34, is now nearly tied with Sanders in this bloc. This 2-point margin is the smallest it has been between the two candidates since the primaries started on Feb 1 in Iowa. Sanders still holds a commanding lead over Clinton among registered voters age 18-24.

Elections are often about demographics. The shift in younger people supporting Clinton at higher levels in our weekly tracking poll is a significant gain for her campaign. The question is what it will take for Sanders to make inroads in groups he is faring less well with. Perhaps a win in a big primary state like Michigan.

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Killer Mike of Run the Jewels 

The rapper has been very vocal within the hip-hop community about his endorsement of Sanders, and even introduced him at an Atlanta rally. 

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Danny DeVito 

In August 2015, the 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' actor took to Twitter, saying, "Bernie Sanders...you're our only hope Obi-Wan Kenobi". 

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Mark Ruffalo

Ruffalo used Twitter to share his political stance on January 17th of this year, saying, "@BernieSanders is preferred 2-1 by young people because they know his means what he says."

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Susan Sarandon 

In June of last year, Sarandon posted a video titled 'Flashback: Rep. Bernie Sanders Opposes Iraq War' along with the caption "We need a leader who is courageous and levelheaded in times of crisis:Bernie Sanders ‪#‎Bernie2016‬.

The liberal activist has since been seen campaigning for Sanders in Portland, Maine and introducing him on the campaign trail. 

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Belinda Carlisle

Back in August of last year, the lead singer of The Go-Go's tweeted, "yes, I switched teams...my candidate!" above an announcement that Bernie Sanders would be joining CNN's State of the Union. 

Ever since then she has been an avid supporter on social media. 

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Justin Long 

The 'Dodgeball' actor introduced Bernie Sanders at a campaign event in Des Moines shortly before the Iowa Caucus. 

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Sarah Silverman 

Sarah Silverman was among other celebs who headlined a fundraiser for the presidential candidate at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory on January 26th. 

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George Lopez 

After tweeting "WATCHA I Am #feelingthebern. Today I'm proud to officially endorse @BernieSanders for President" late last year, the actor has made headlining appearances at Sanders' fundraising events. 

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Spike Lee 

After citing his endorsement on a radio show recently, he elaborated on his commitment to Sanders, saying: “Bernie was at the March on Washington with Dr. King. He was arrested in Chicago for protesting segregation in public schools. He fought for wealth and education equality throughout his whole career. No flipping, no flopping. Enough talk. Time for action.”

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The NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll was conducted online from February 29, 2016 through March 6, 2016 among a national sample of 21,996 adults aged 18 and over, including 19,051 who say they are registered to vote. Respondents for this non-probability survey were selected from the nearly three million people who take surveys on the SurveyMonkey platform each day. Results have an error estimate of plus or minus 1.1 percentage points.For full results and methodology for this weekly tracking poll, please click here.

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