Sanders and Clinton tussle as New Hampshire counts down to primary – campaign live

The Concord crowd (and your blogger) is/are waiting for Hillary Clinton to take the stage. Meantime the Guardian’s Lauren Gambino has spoken with Olivia Schribert, who came to the Concord event with her high school class from Mamaroneck, New York.

Schribert says her classmates are spread out across the state at various Bernie Sanders and Marco Rubio events.

A Super Pac backing Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO, has produced a video mocking ABC News for not inviting the Republican candidate to participate in tonight’s presidential debate.

ABC says Fiorina’s poll numbers (averaging 2.2 points nationally and 3.9/6th place in New Hampshire) aren’t high enough. Fiorina points out that in the Iowa caucuses, she did better than bro candidates Jeb Bush and Chris Christie, and they’re invited to the debate.

Check out this parody video about ABC’s rigged debate tonight—hilarious!https://t.co/9fMrU65Pw3

Hey @ABC: put @CarlyFiorina on the debate stage! She got more Iowa votes than John and Chris. Don't exclude only woman.

The stage is set for the @ABC News #GOPDebate in New Hampshire. Tune in TONIGHT at 8/7c. pic.twitter.com/tNyTdXWcZH

Here’s an update that would seem to put the lie to the LA Times piece we featured earlier, about Hillary Clinton subtly conceding New Hampshire, as evidenced by Bill Clinton’s being assigned to campaign in faraway Nevada at the weekend.

It’s true that Bill Clinton is campaigning in Nevada today. But guess where he’ll be tomorrow? The Guardian’s Lauren Gambino reports:

Hillary Clinton supporters aren’t just following her – they’re also pamphleteering a Bernie Sanders rally just wrappted at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire, reports Guardian Washington bureau chief Dan Roberts at the scene:

As Bernie fires up students and Clinton prepares to leave for Flint her supporters are sticking this on cars outside pic.twitter.com/KRZKuG9gXD

Deep thoughts: What would Franklin Pierce think of @SenSanders on a campus named after him? #fitn pic.twitter.com/Ryyj33Jzb6

Is Clinton contesting New Hampshire? An LA Times piece this morning asserts she is not. Bill Clinton, whose 1992 candidacy sparked here, is campaigning in Nevada, which caucuses later this month, instead of in the Granite State. Real Clear Politics polling averages have Bernie Sanders up 16.7 points in New Hampshire, just three days before the primary.

Update: Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to campaign in New Hampshire Sunday

While Clinton continued to express hope that a victory is possible in this state, where voters are prone to wild shifts in opinion up until election day, she isn’t working the state the way she did in 2008 when she pulled off an upset victory. By Friday, former President Bill Clinton had already been dispatched to Las Vegas to headline events aimed at organizing voters to turn out for the Nevada caucuses, which are taking on increased importance as a must-win firewall for his wife. The campaign released its first Spanish-language ads Friday, which it will start airing in Nevada.

Hello from a Hillary Clinton Get-Out-the-Vote event at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, New Hampshire, where a peppy weekend crowd of a couple hundred people – and counting – is filling a gym for an event set to start in a half hour.

Here was the scene this morning in New Hampshire:

Surely aware that Tuesday’s vote will be his last stand - his last chance to have an impact on this race - Chris Christie is going negative to make his mark, writes Jonathan Freedland in Bedford, NH.

The New Jersey governor’s stump speech delivered just now in Bedford consisted of a barely-veiled attack on Marco Rubio - the man he clearly deems his biggest rival for the support of relatively moderate Republicans.

Rupert Murdoch, the media owner, says Hillary Clinton’s candidacy is sinking and Democrats wish John Kerry would step in, so it must be true.

Watch Hillary's candidacy sink and sink. Nobody buying and more big trouble coming on emails. Dems looking for replacement. John Kerry?

Bernie Sanders is speaking at Franklin Pierce University in southern New Hampshire, a school named after our 14th and perhaps most obscure president. A large crowd of young people have gathered to hear him speak.

He’s doing his stump speech standards – the price gouging and chaos of the American healthcare system, the broken criminal justice system, etc. He’s speaking about climate change at the moment, saying it’ll cause more floods, drought, international conflict.

After they got the government off of their backs, it turned out that their operations were basically fraudulent. That they were selling subprime mortgage practices that were worthless. That Wall Street teetered on the edge of collapse. You and your parents bailed them out.

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Hillary Clinton has not struggled to find income in the years since she left the White House and State Department. Edward Helmore reports on the finances of the former secretary of state.

Bill and Hillary Clinton have made more than $153m from paid speeches over the last 15 years, a CNN study has found, including at least $7.7m from 39 speeches to Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs, UBS and Bank of America.

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The weird week in review: losers, tantrums, “say it to my face,” sticker face, Cruz counrty [sic], evasive children, doppelänger Sanders and more.

Thirty-five but still best known as a White House kid, Chelsea Clinton is on the trail for her mother. But maybe the excitement surrounding her mom’s opponent is getting to her … Lauren Gambino drops a line from New Hampshire.

Chelsea Clinton, the former and possibly future first daughter of the United States, is the product of two high-powered politicians whose address was once 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. She has worked for NBC, her family’s foundation, and had media training for years. But all the preparation in the world can’t always prevent slip.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the electoral battle for New Hampshire, 2016 edition, three days out from the first-in-the-nation primary. With Iowa settled (more or less) in a victory for Republican Ted Cruz and a de facto tie for Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, New Hampshire has become a high-stakes fight for every candidate in the field.

For some, the Granite State is their last and only hope. Republicans Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie have poured nearly all their time and money into New Hampshire in the hopes that its voters, more moderate than the evangelical base of Iowa, will turn the party away from the religious fervor of Cruz and “everything is terrible” rhetoric of Donald Trump.

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The Democrats are engaged in a search for ideological purity

While the GOP have often tested candidates’ fidelity to principle, the Democrats have traditionally focused on electability rather than doctrinal difference

A strange role reversal is under way amid the falling snows of New Hampshire. For decades it has been the Republican party that has waged an ideological battle with itself, testing candidates on their fidelity to principle, scorning those deemed to have strayed too far from the faith. Every four years, the party has confronted its would-be presidents with a searching question: are you conservative enough to lead us?

Now, though, perhaps for the first time in half a century, the Democrats are engaged in a similar search for ideological purity. In a contest tighter and sharper than almost anyone predicted, the battle between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders – whose next front is this small, frozen state on the east coast, which votes on Tuesday – has acquired an unfamiliar doctrinal edge.

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