Poll: Clinton up 10 points among likely California voters

Story highlights

  • A new California poll finds Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders by 10 points among likely voters
  • Among likely voters, Clinton solidly leads by 10 points, 49% to 39%

Washington (CNN)A new California poll finds Hillary Clinton leading Bernie Sanders by 10 points among likely voters ahead of the state's primary next week, a sharp difference from other recent polls in the state.

The poll, released Thursday by the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles Times, also finds Sanders leading Clinton there 44% to 43% among registered voters eligible to participate in the state's Democratic primary.
    But among likely voters, Clinton solidly leads by 10 points, 49% to 39%, a departure from other recent polls in the state ahead of its June 7 primary.
    A poll earlier on Thursday from Field put Clinton at 45% and Sanders at 43% with a 4.1 percentage-point margin of error. And on Wednesday, an NBC/WSJ/Marist poll showed a similarly tight race, with Clinton leading Sanders 49% to 47%.
    The USC/LAT poll ran from May 19 to May 31 and has a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points. The margin for Democratic voters is 3.7 points and the margin for likely Democratic voters is 5 points.
    Clinton is almost certain to clinch the Democratic nomination just before polls close in the state, but a defeat in the largest contest in the country would be an embarrassing final scene to her historic primary win.