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Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton Exchange Fighting Words in New Hampshire

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    Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both appeared at a town hall meeting at the Derry Opera House Wednesday night in New Hampshire. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016)

    Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton both appeared at a town hall meeting at the Derry Opera House Wednesday night in New Hampshire.

    Sanders leads Clinton by anywhere from six to 29 points, depending on what poll you look at - numbers Sanders doesn't believe.

    "I think some of the polls I've been seeing are completely inaccurate," he said. "I think it's going to be a very hard-fought race."

    Clinton seemed to say earlier in the day that lead is due in part to the Vermont senator's status as "neighbor."

    "New Hampshire always favors neighbors, which I think is neighborly, and maybe you should have just moved on to some of these other states where everybody says you've got big leads and all of that," Clinton said. "I have to tell you that I just could not ever skip New Hampshire."

    Sanders reminded his supporters Clinton didn't skip New Hampshire last time.

    "She campaigned here in 2008. She won the state," he said. "She has very significant political connections. She has the support of virtually the entire political establishment here in New Hampshire."

    Sanders was asked by a reporter why he had cancelled several events scheduled for Wednesday ahead of the town hall.

    "It's collapsing! It's falling apart!" he joked. "Oh my God!"

    Before the town hall, Sanders held a news conference in Concord, where one of his supporters fainted. A man in the small group behind him dropped to the floor, was helped to his feet and walked from the room. The campaign says he is fine.

    The campaign is rolling and the DNC has now added more debates - something he wanted. One will take place in New Hampshire Thursday night and can be seen on MSNBC. There will also be one in Michigan and one in California.

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