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Clinton dusting Sanders in Arizona poll

  •  Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (left) and Bernie Sanders at the NBC Democratic debate, Jan. 14.
    screenshot Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton (left) and Bernie Sanders at the NBC Democratic debate, Jan. 14.

A 35-point lead for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in a poll of Arizona Democrats means the state will be "flyover country" as the two candidates pursue their party's presidential nomination. With early voting underway for Arizona's March 22 preference election, a GOP pollster said the race is all but over.

Clinton led the poll of "high efficacy" Democratic primary voters with 56.2 percent. Sanders had 21.5 percent, with 22.3 percent of the 739 people surveyed still undecided.

The poll, conducted by Republican consultants MBQF and Marson Media, a GOP public relations firm, had a margin of error of 3.6 percent.

"If you are looking for a weekend at Bernie's it may come to a quick end in the desert," quipped pollster Michael Noble in a news release.

The survey "does not take into account a large surge in young Democrat (sic) voters that Bernie Sanders could potentially produce although historically the young vote proves difficult for most candidates to count on turning out in needle-moving numbers," Noble said.

"Early voting just got underway in Arizona but it seems the race is already over," Barrett Marson said. "Hillary Clinton's solid lead over Bernie Sanders in Arizona means we will be a flyover state for both campaigns."

The short release from the pair of Republican consultants used the dismissive construction of "Democrat" as an adjective six times, rather than the correct "Democratic."

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