Jul 11, 2016 7:22 AM

It's official: Clinton and Sanders teaming up Tuesday in Portsmouth

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD - It's now official.

Hillary Clinton's campaign, in a statement released at 6am Monday morning, wrote "On Tuesday, July 12, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will join Hillary Clinton for a campaign event at Portsmouth High School to discuss their commitment to building an America that is stronger together and an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top."

The news was reported by NH1 News and other outlets over the weekend. Here is our earlier report:

CONCORD – When Hillary Clinton holds a rally Tuesday morning at the high school in Portsmouth, she’ll be joined by her rival for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sen. Bernie Sanders will team up with the presumptive Democratic nominee and endorse Clinton’s bid for the White House, sources with knowledge of the senator from Vermont’s plans confirm to NH1 News.

The joint appearance by the two candidates is expected to bring to an end a long and at times heated primary battle between Clinton and Sanders. And the healing of Democratic primary wounds comes eight years after then Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Clinton of New York came to the small town of Unity, New Hampshire to bury the hatchet after their historic nomination showdown.

Word of the joint appearance came after Sanders’s supporters won some key victories Saturday on health care, climate change, and a $15 per hour minimum wage, as the Democratic Party platform was finalized at a major party meeting in Orlando, Florida. Sanders’ supporters were voted down on their bids to include language in the platform rejecting the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal, and to ban fracking.

Clinton’s campaign in New Hampshire announced on Saturday that Clinton would hold an organizing event at 11am on Tuesday at Portsmouth High School, with doors opening at 9am. NH1 News and other outlets reported a couple of days ago Clinton would be returning to New Hampshire for the first time since February’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary, and that she would likely be joined by Sanders, who soundly beat Clinton by 22 percentage points in the Granite State Democratic contest.

Unity in NH 8 years ago

There's a Granite State precedent for a healing of Democratic presidential primary wounds.

In late June of 2008, Obama and Clinton held a joint appearance in Unity. At the event, Clinton formally endorsed Obama for the White house.

New Hampshire is one of around a dozen battleground or swing states, that are up for grabs in November’s general election.

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump's made two stops in New Hampshire since clinching the Republican nomination. Trump gave a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on terrorism on June 13, the day after the horrific mass shooting in Orlando, Florida.

Trump returned to the Granite State a week and a half ago, for a town hall style event with supporters outside the shuttered Osram Sylvania plant in Manchester.

Trump also spoke one-on-one with NH1 News prior to that event.

READ/WATCH: Trump talks 1-on-1 with NH1 News

Trump easily won February's GOP presidential primary.

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