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    Saturday is a big day for presidential candidates as they attend the New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention in Manchester. (Published Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015)

    Saturday's New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention in Manchester featured a full lineup of candidates vying for president.

    With a turnout of more 4,000, the convention was the largest political convention in Granite State history.

    If the day was any indication, 2016 candidates in the race for the White House are officially in an all out sprint.

    At the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, voters got the chance to compare, side by side, five of the party's presidential hopefuls.

    "The Democratic Party is up to this fight, ours is the party of action, and ours is the only party today that can rebuild the American Dream and make the promise real for all Americans again," said Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O'Malley. "I need your help in this fight."

    The campaigns proved their strength in numbers and the two Democratic frontrunners stole the show.

    "I will raise the minimum wage so no one who works hard in American will have to live in poverty," Hillary Clinton told a crowd of screaming supporters. "I will fight for the small businesses that create the jobs in America."

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    By the sounds of the crowd, you'd never know that Hillary Clinton is trailing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the Granite State. Drawing some of the biggest cheers of the day were Clinton's jabs at the GOP after Wednesday's debate.

    "Did you hear anything about family leave or preschool? Or what about putting an end to the gun violence that plagues our communities every single day?" Clinton asked.

    Meanwhile, Sanders who has surged in the polls over the summer, met a crowd of progressives ready for a change.

    "If we are going to transform America we need millions of people to stand together to take on corporate America, to take on Wall Street, to take on big money interests," Sanders said. "That is what this campaign is about."

    The candidates all promised to make college more affordable, to raise the minimum wage and support equal pay for equal work.

    The crowd promised that this First in the Nation Primary will be a spirited one.

    Voters also heard from former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and Harvard Law Professor Larry Lessig.

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