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Clinton, Sanders Unite to Defeat Trump

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 Jul 2016 08:58 AM

The long awaited Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders unification moment has finally arrived, Politico reports.

One month after the last primary, the two Democratic competitors will finally stand together as a united team to campaign against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump as Sanders formally endorses Clinton in the presidential race.

The event will happen Tuesday in New Hampshire, a state Sanders won by a decisive margin in the primary five months ago and launched his substantial, but in the end unsuccessful, challenge to Clinton.

Defusing tensions between the two camps has been a major focus since the primaries ended and has resulted in numerous meetings of representative of the two sides to listen to grievances and hammer out compromises on policy.

One clear example of that is the process to draft the Democratic Party platform, where the two sides met for nearly a month and agreed on a draft version in which issues such as education, healthcare and the federal minimum wage were brought closer to Sanders' positions.

This outreach appears to have already produced results. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, Sanders supporters have backed Clinton faster in 2016 than Clinton followers did for then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008.

Some 85 percent of Sanders' primary supporters said they would vote for Clinton, compared to just 69 percent of Clinton supporters backing Obama after she dropped out in 2008.

Clinton hopes today's show of unity will help fire up Sanders supporters for the general election after he excited the liberal base and won young voters by large margins in the primaries, CNN reports.

Some Democratic leaders were increasingly fearful that Sanders would not actively support Clinton during the general campaign, or worse — launch a third-party effort.

The unity will also attempt to stymie Trump's attempts to appeal to Sanders supporters by claiming he better represents those angry at the political establishment than Clinton does.

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