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Poll: Kerry holds big lead in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Sen. John Kerry maintains a huge lead over Sen. John Edwards among New York Democrats with a week to go until the state's crucial "Super Tuesday" primary, a statewide poll reported Wednesday.


The poll, from the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, found Kerry leading Edwards, 60 percent to 21 percent, among likely voters in New York's March 2 Democratic presidential primary.

The two senators -- Kerry is from Massachusetts and Edwards is from North Carolina -- are facing a "Super Tuesday" showdown in New York and nine other states.

In the poll, New York's own Al Sharpton was at 9 percent and Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio was at 2 percent among New York Democrats.

A statewide poll released last week, from Marist College's Institute for Public Opinion, found Kerry leading Edwards, 66 percent to 14 percent, among likely Democratic voters in New York.

Quinnipiac's telephone poll of 581 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted from last Wednesday through Monday and has a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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