As the Republican presidential candidates debated Thursday night in Charleston, South Carolina, Democratic Bernie Sanders was in Hanover, rallying Granite State voters, including a large amount of college students.
The Vermont senator, who is currently polling higher than rival Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, spoke at Spaulding Auditorium on the campus of Dartmouth College to a crowd of around 1400.
Sanders played off the energy of the predominantly young crowd as he rallied them around his campaign speaking points.
He emphasized New Hampshire-specific issues such as the minimum wage, currently at $7.25, which he called a starvation wage. In addition to his main speech, last night’s town-hall meeting came with news of an endorsement by former National Democratic Party Chair Paul Kirk.
In the other campaign-centric state, Iowa, Sanders is behind Clinton by only 2 percentage points, which is considerably closer than last month, as he tries to shorten his lead across the country.