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Democrats make final pitch to voters

Check back for updates from the New Hampshire campaign trail today before Tuesday’s primary:

DURHAM, N.H. — Before a raucous crowd of 7,500 Monday at the University of New Hampshire, Sen. Bernie Sanders called on New Hampshire voters to join a political revolution Tuesday as looks for a win that could catapult him as the favorite to secure the Democratic nomination for president.

To chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie,” Sanders arrived on stage for a political rally that turned into a rock concert headlined by the band “The Strokes.” He was introduced by U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a rock star in her own right among liberals, who brought the crowd to their feet.  

Held at the Whitemore Center on the campus, the event easily marked the largest in the Democratic contest in New Hampshire – a feat that former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has sought claim to in recent days.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., accompanied by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., left, takes the stage at campaign stop at the Whittemore Center Arena at the University of New Hampshire, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

“In case you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of people here,” said Sanders, who for months has been considered the favorite to win New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. Buttigieg surged here after his Iowa caucuses win in state delegate equivalents, but Sanders once again tops every major poll that’s out.

The event – which Sanders claimed was three times the size of any Democratic event of any candidate this cycle  — was held in a college town where he needs a high turnout to help carry himself to victory. It was Sanders’ last event before voting begins. The Strokes began their set with “Burning Down the House,” a Talking Heads classic.

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