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Clinton remains clear front-runner of Democratic field, new poll finds

With 45% support, Hillary Clinton is still far ahead of her Democratic presidential rivals, a new national CNN/ORC poll has found.

Hillary Clinton is still far ahead of her Democratic presidential rivals, according to a new CNN/ORC national poll, despite a turbulent summer of controversy surrounding her email use while she was secretary of state.

The poll, released Monday, offers the latest indication that Clinton dominated last week’s Democratic debate -- the first of the primary season. It found Clinton leading the field with 45% support from registered Democrats.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, remains her top competitor, with 29% support. In third place is Vice President Joe Biden, who could announce whether he’ll enter the presidential race within the next 48 hours. The survey, which has a margin of error of 5 percentage points, found Biden with 18% support.

For months, Clinton has seen her trustworthiness undermined by scrutiny over a private email account she maintained while serving as secretary of state. On Thursday, Clinton is expected to face tough questions about her email use when she testifies before a House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton has called the committee “a partisan arm" of the Republican National Committee.

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