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Nov 1, 2016 10:26 PM

Sanders tells NH1 News 'large voter turnout' crucial to Clinton, Hassan, victories

NH1 News Political Director

PLYMOUTH – On his final trip to New Hampshire before Election Day, Bernie Sanders rang a warning bell about voter turnout.

At a rally for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic ticket in the Granite State Tuesday at Plymouth State, the senator from Vermont who battled Clinton to the end of the primary season told the crowd “I don’t want to make all of you nervous here in New Hampshire but you gotta a lot of responsibility on your shoulders.”

“You are a battleground on state and the future of this country may rest on your four electoral votes for president and who you elect for the United States Senate,” Sanders added.

Later, speaking one-on-one with NH1 News, Sanders cautioned “I just hope that there’s a large voter turnout.”

“If there is I think Secretary Clinton is going to win and Maggie Hassan is going to win and I hope that people understand that people fought and died for democracy and you got to get out and vote,” he added.

After headlining the rally at Plymouth State, Sanders was the main attraction at a similar event at Dartmouth College in Hanover. The two stops in New Hampshire were the first in a week long coast to coast swing by the Vermont senator on behalf of Clinton and Democratic Senate candidates across the country.

This was Sanders’ third solo swing through Granite State for Clinton since Labor Day. He also joined the Democratic nominee at an event at UNH in Durham late last month

Sanders beat Clinton by 22 percentage points in early February in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. The overwhelming victory launched the one-time longshot for the nomination into a marathon battle against Clinton.

Sanders formally ended his White House bid and officially endorsed Clinton at a unity rally in mid-July at the high school in Portsmouth.

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