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Sanders Draws One Last Crowd, Says He Believes Young Supporters Will Turn Out

Sam Evans-Brown

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders held his final campaign event before the primary at UNH last night, a concert intended to encourage students to vote, and featuring the group Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic zeros, among others.

Following a few hours of performances, the Sanders campaign bus finally rolled off the snowy roads from a campaign stop at Pinkerton Academy in Manchester.

"Every article I read in the paper says, well young people may come out to a concert, they may come out to a rally, but it's really too much effort on their part to go out and vote... I don't believe that!" Sanders told the crowd during a shortened version of his stump speech.

Sanders himself said he doesn't care what ballot students cast, but, "I hope very much that you come out to vote. I hope that you bring your friends and family out to vote."

Jessica Dickerson of Manchester, who says she's never voted for a Democrat, says this may be the first election where she does so. "It's just kind of like you're losing faith in the system and at this point you've just to go who morally has your best interest at heart," she explained.

Sanders will wrap up his New Hampshire campaign today, with a primary watch party in Concord.

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A Sanders supporter greets the candidate with an upheld flag.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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