PHILADELPHIA — New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli urged Bernie Sanders’ supporters to coalesce around Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and “take no votes for granted” in the upcoming general election.
Speaking at the New York delegation breakfast, DiNapoli said Democrats who plan on voting for third-party candidates to protest Clinton would only help the campaign of Republican nominee Donald Trump.
“Anyone who is staying home ... you’re going to be helping the other side,” DiNapoli said.
DiNapoli’s appeal comes on the final day of the convention, as Clinton prepares to accept the nomination.
For the past four days, state party leaders have attempted to make inroads to unite the Clinton and Sanders factions of the party, including a surprise address by Sanders to the New York delegation on Tuesday, where he called on the party to support his former primary rival.
DiNapoli, a resident of Great Neck, said that while Clinton will likely win her home state, the party needed “to win New York big” so that her campaign spends less resources waging a large-scale campaign in an otherwise safe state for Democrats.
“What we need to do is translate our energy and enthusiasm and dedication to Hillary Clinton,” DiNapoli said. “…We have to be the ambassadors for this ticket and this team.”