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Feb 15, 2016 1:55 PM

NH GOP shows support for Sanders with petition aimed at Democratic delegates

From staff and wire reports

MANCHESTER - The New Hampshire Republican Party wants the state's Democratic superdelegates to support Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in his bid for the party's presidential nomination.

In an online petition launched Monday, the Republican Party said that even though Sanders won the state's primary last week by 22 percentage points when the votes of the party's superdelegates are taken into account the party's delegation appears to be split between Sanders and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 15-15.

"It is not often that Republicans agree with the supporters of a self-avowed socialist like Bernie Sanders. But we finally found an important issue where we have common ground," the start of the petition reads on the NH GOP website.

The NH Democratic Party said the petition is just a move to create a distraction after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“This NHGOP stunt reeks of desperation. They’re clearly trying to do whatever they can to distract from the Constitutional crisis that our nation has been plunged into thanks to Mitch McConnell and Kelly Ayotte’s obstructionism on the Supreme Court nomination process," said Melissa Miller Press Secretary for the NH Democratic Party in a statement to NH1 News. "New Hampshire Democrats have a long tradition of unifying behind our nominees, and we look forward to doing so and trouncing the Party of Trump up and down the ballot in November.”

Democrats will send 32 delegates to the convention, including eight superdelegates, top Democratic officials who are free to vote as they choose. Six superdelegates are supporting Clinton.

A New Hampshire Democratic official said that at the nominating convention the delegation will vote unanimously for whoever the nominee turns out to be.

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