Sanders plans Concord stop during trip through N.H. next week

For the Monitor
Published: 5/21/2019 2:01:54 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders is returning to New Hampshire next week, with campaign stops in Concord, Manchester, Londonderry, Laconia and Warner.

The trip is Sanders’s third to the Granite State since announcing his presidential bid in mid-February.

The independent senator from Vermont will kick off his visit with a Memorial Day ice cream social with Ben Cohen at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner at 2 p.m.

Cohen, one of the co-founders of the Vermont-based Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, was a top Sanders’s supporter and surrogate during the candidate’s first White House run in 2016. And Cohen’s a co-chairman of Sanders’s 2020 White House campaign.

Sanders and Cohen will hold a second ice cream social Monday at 4 p.m. at a private residence in Laconia.

On Tuesday, Sanders will hold a town hall at NHTI in Concord. He’ll headline a second town hall at 5 p.m. at Mack’s Apples in Londonderry, and the candidate will close out his two-day swing with a rally at 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Manchester.

In the 2016 presidential election cycle, the one-time long shot candidate crushed eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the first-in-the-nation primary, launching him into a marathon battle that didn’t end until he endorsed Clinton at a July event in the Granite State.

During his first trip to the Granite State this year – on March 10 – Sanders referenced his 2016 success in the state, saying at a rally in Concord that “I want to offer a very special thanks to the people of New Hampshire.”

“In 2016, this is where the political revolution took off,” he said to applause.

The most recent public-opinion survey conducted with New Hampshire voters – from New Jersey’s Monmouth University – indicated Sanders a distant second among likely Democratic primary voters to Joe Biden. The former vice president stood at 36% in the poll, with the senator at 18%, and everybody else in the historically large field that’s reached two dozen candidates registering in the single digits.

But a University of New Hampshire Survey Center poll conducted in mid-April – before Biden entered the race – suggested Sanders at 30% and the former vice president at 18%.

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