(WWLP) – Republican and Democratic presidential candidates are working around the clock for votes in New Hampshire.
Saturday, 22News brought you coverage of the Republican debate at St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. Sunday, we found some of your local leaders campaigning for Democratic candidate: Hillary Clinton.
“It’s like 1992 on steroids.” That was former President Bill Clinton’s battle cry to Hillary Clinton supporters, as he referenced their fight against Republican presidential candidates for the White House.
At a crowded Hillary Clinton rally in Keene, New Hampshire, there were about 30 people from western Massachusetts – including U.S. Congressman Richard Neal and State Senator Eric Lesser.
Senator Lesser (1st Hampden/Hampshire) told 22News, “New Hampshire gets this special privilege as first in the nation, and we’re their neighbors to the south, so we figured we’d come up, learning a little about what’s going on, listen to what voters up here are thinking about, and share why we’re passionate about Hillary.”
State. Rep. Hank Naughton, another Clinton supporter, said, “We’ve knocked on many doors, and I know we’ve changed many minds.”
In a recent NBC News poll, Bernie Sanders was leading Hillary by about 20 points, but former president Bill Clinton said it’s not really about who’s winning, but gaining momentum. He knows that firsthand. In not as many words, President Clinton made that point by rarely mentioning Bernie Sanders by name – and instead focusing on his wife’s character.
President Clinton himself lost the 1992 New Hampshire primary, but still won the White House. And yet in 2008, Hillary did win the primary, but lost the nomination to President Obama.
Congressman Richard Neal (D – Massachusetts) explained why it was important for western Mass supporters to campaign in New Hampshire. “Because it’s not California. You can actually shake hands up here with people. You can say hello, knock on their doors, and they’re happy to give you the time to convince them.”
Candidates know they must work for each vote in New Hampshire, yet just two days before the first in the nation primary, Hillary Clinton left the state for Flint, Michigan.