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Long Islanders campaign for Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire

Jay Jacobs is leading Long Island's Hillary Clinton

Jay Jacobs is leading Long Island's Hillary Clinton supporters as they campaign ahead for the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9, 2016. Credit: Chuck Fadely

Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs is shepherding about 120 New York volunteers for Hillary Clinton in a get-out-the-vote effort Tuesday in the New Hampshire primary.

The New Yorkers are focusing on coastal communities, especially Exeter, where Jacobs was heading to early Tuesday morning. The volunteers are traveling in two-person teams, with each expected to knock on 35 to 70 doors to encourage people to come out and vote.

The bulk of New York volunteers are from Long Island, Jacobs said. There also are some from Buffalo, Syracuse and the Hudson Valley.

“The message is good. We just have to get this done,” Jacobs said in an interview.

With Clinton trailing Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont by about 20 points in the polls, Clinton supporters aren’t pinning their hopes on a win. They just want to knock down the deficit.

“It would be a really heavy lift to pull out a win here,” Jacobs said. “But we’re looking to narrow the gap.”

After a snowstorm slowed traffic to a crawl most of Monday, roads were fairly clear Tuesday. Officials are expecting a record turnout.


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