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New national poll shows Sanders close to Clinton

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A new national poll shows Bernie Sanders within single digits of Hillary Clinton. 

The Democratic candidates used Thursday night's debate to make the case they are the better choice to win the nomination.

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders squared off in a debate Thursday night with each claiming to be the right choice to succeed President Obama.

"Senator Sanders said that President Obama failed the presidential leadership test and this is not the first time he has criticized President Obama. I don't think he gets the credit he deserves," said Clinton.

"Madam Secretary, that is a low blow one of us ran against Barack Obama. I was not that candidate," said Sanders.

The candidates are sending that message to African-American voters who make up a large percentage of the South Carolina electorate.

"Rich get richer and poor get poorer... in America today whole lot of this poor people are African-American," said Sanders.

"I think under President Obama, we have seen a lot of advances, the Affordable Care Act has helped more African-Americans than any other group," said Clinton.

On the Republican side...the attacks were aimed at one man...Donald Trump.

"Negotiating a hotel deal in another country is not foreign policy experience," said. Sen Marco Rubio, R-Florida.

"You can push down Donald Trump a little bit by electing someone who's a solid conservative with a conservative record," said Governor Jeb Bush, R-Florida.

"All these guys, you know, the conservatives, I'm a conservative person. Bush says, Bush says, 'I do not believe he's a true conservative,' these people are stupid!"

The Republican candidates are prepping for more face-to-face attacks as they meet again for the CBS News GOP debate Saturday night.

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