COLUMBIA — A new poll of self-identified Democratic South Carolina voters puts presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton with a 19 percentage point lead over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The poll was conducted by the South Carolina New Democrats Jan. 12 to 15.

In a Dec. 17 poll by CBS/YouGov, Clinton had a 36 point lead over Sanders in the state, according to the most recent polling data compiled by

“This is (a) significant lead for Clinton but Sanders is closing fast,” said S.C. New Democrats President Phil Noble in a press release.

According to poll results, 47 percent of voters surveyed would vote for Clinton, with 28 percent in favor of Sanders, 2 percent supporting former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and 22 percent undecided.

In state news, filing for those interested in running in the Senate special election for the seat left vacant after Sen. Billy O’Dell’s death earlier this month opens at noon Friday. The district includes Abbeville, Anderson and Greenwood counties.

The special election will be held May 17.

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Clinton Offers Bipartisan Olive Branch, But Is It In Season? (NPR)

Bernie Sanders’ feisty final weeks before Iowa (CNN)

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