NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A poll released Friday showed Hillary Clinton with a strong lead ahead of the New York Democratic presidential primary.

As WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron reported, the Marist poll showed the former Secretary of State with 57 percent support compared to 40 percent for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont).

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Director Dr. Lee Miringoff said the poll is bad news for Sanders.

“He really needs to chip away at the margin, and what looks like is going to happen in New York is just the opposite – that Clinton would add to her margin,” Miringoff said.

Clinton leads Sanders by 26 points in the New York City and 24 points in the suburbs. They are evenly divided upstate.

“But that’s not going to be enough for Sanders to overcome the deficit that he’s running,” Miringoff said.

At this point, Miringoff said all Sanders can do is hope for good turnout from his supporters to set off Clinton’s advantage.

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Clinton was campaigning in New York on Friday. She visited the Corsi Senior Center in East Harlem where she was seen playing games of dominos, speaking to about 75 people and touring a public housing apartment in the building.

“Today, too many New Yorkers are struggling to pay rising rents. They’re being priced out of communities where they’ve been for years,” she said.

Sanders was out of the city and the country Friday. He arrived earlier in the day in Rome for a Vatican City conference on social and economic justice, which he said was too meaningful to pass up.

At the conference, he issued a global call to action to address “immoral and unsustainable” wealth inequality and poverty.

“Widespread financial criminality on Wall Street played a direct role in causing the world’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression,” Sanders said.

On Thursday night, Clinton and Sanders aggressively challenged each other’s judgment to be president at a raucous Democratic debate in Brooklyn. They traded barbs over Wall Street banks, minimum wage, gun control and foreign policy.

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