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Sanders courts supporters, students in New Hampshire

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — On his final day in New Hampshire before shifting his attention to Iowa, Sen. Bernie Sanders stuck to his campaign’s core themes and largely avoided calling out his chief rival. In fact, Sanders only referenced Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady, once when discussing his plan to boost Social Security. His town hall meeting at the North Conway Community Center Gymnasium Friday morning was a more intimate affair with about 650 supporters than some of his previous rallies that have drawn thousands of supporters. But his message was the same. Sanders promoted his plan to force more regulations on Wall Street, called for a single-payer health care system that covers all Americans and again called for tuition-free colleges and universities. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders surges again, as Clinton steps up attacks

ew polling in the Democratic Party’s presidential primary shows Sen. Bernie Sanders leading rival Hillary Clinton in both Iowa and New Hampshire, prompting Clinton to step up her attacks. A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday shows Sanders, the 74-year-old self-described democratic socialist, with a 49 percent to 44 percent edge over the former secretary of state and first lady among likely Democratic caucus-goers. It’s the first time Sanders has had a lead over Clinton in the poll. The same poll on Dec. 15 gave Clinton a 51 percent to 40 percent lead. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: New polls show more Sanders gains

pair of new NBC/Marist polls shows more good news for Sen. Bernie Sanders in his primary showdown with Hillary Clinton. The polls, released Sunday, show Sanders, the 73-year-old self-described democratic socialist with a 9 point lead in New Hampshire. According to the new poll, Sanders has the support of 41 percent of Democratic voters in the Granite State, where the nation’s first primary will be held next year. Clinton, the former first lady, secretary of state and New York senator, tallied 32 percent. Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced his candidacy for the presidency but is seriously weighing a run, had 16 percent of the vote. Continue Reading →

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Sanders raises $15 million

MONTPELIER — Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign announced Thursday that he has raised $15 million for his White House bid since April 30 — an impressive number but far behind presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. According to Sanders’ campaign, the $15 million in donations came from more than 400,000 contributions from about 250,000 individuals. The average donation has been $33.51, and 99 percent of the donations have been $250 or less. The fundraising haul is significantly more than most pundits expected, and ahead of the pace President Barack Obama set when he defeated Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary. The self-described democratic socialist has been drawing enormous crowds on the campaign trail, including about 10,000 people in Madison, Wisc., Wednesday night. Continue Reading →

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Sanders’ rapid rise brings challenges, opportunities

MONTPELIER — With his poll numbers surging and crowd sizes growing, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is on the rise. The sudden spike in interest from both voters and media presents opportunities and challenges, however, that the nascent campaign must now be nimble enough to respond to. A CNN poll released last week pegged Sanders’ support at 35 percent in New Hampshire, just 8 points behind the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It’s a remarkable rise for Sanders, the 73-year-old self-described democratic socialist. Most political observers did not expect Sanders to pose a serious threat to Clinton, and certainly not this early in the primary process. Continue Reading →

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