Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are effectively tied in the nation's first two Democratic primaries.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll released Sunday finds Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are extremely close in both Iowa and New Hampshire. The Iowa caucuses, the nation's first primary race, are February 1. The New Hampshire primary is February 9.
In Iowa, Clinton is leading Sanders by just three points: 48-45, with Martin O'Malley holding what is now five percentage points, which are becoming increasingly valuable to the top two candidates, should he drop out and endorse either.
The tables are turned in New Hampshire, with Sanders leading Clinton by four points, 50-46. O'Malley takes just one percent of the vote. NBC News notes the top two candidates are "within the margin of error of plus-minus 4.8 percentage points."
Watch Chuck Todd deliver the news on Sunday morning's "Meet The Press":
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