- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on a presidential campaign swing through New Mexico by Sen. Bernie Sanders (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

Bernie Sanders took swipes at fellow presidential hopefuls Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump during a charged rally Friday night in Albuquerque.

Sanders says the Democratic Party needs a strong candidate to beat Trump and he says he can do that.

He also vowed to be in the fight “until the last ballot is cast,” drawing a roar from the crowd.

Sanders also got a rise with his support for a living wage and the need to reform campaign finance and what he called disastrous trade agreements that have hampered the nation’s economy.

Sanders’ speech touched on everything from clean water and fracking to the war on drugs and the need for better mental health services.


7:15 p.m.

Thousands of Bernie Sanders supporters gathered in downtown Albuquerque to greet the insurgent candidate, all clinging to the hope that he can energize enough New Mexico voters before the state’s June 7 primary.

The chants and hoots from the crowd at the Albuquerque Convention Center were deafening Friday evening as Sanders took the stage.

He told voters it’s too late for establishment politics and that the U.S. needs a government that represents more than just wealthy donors.

Sanders says Albuquerque seems ready for a revolution and that he’s ready for a victory in New Mexico.

Sanders is on a two-day swing through New Mexico that included a stop earlier in Santa Fe. Another rally is scheduled Saturday in the community of Vado near the state’s southern border with Texas and Mexico.


5:20 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is acknowledging he needs commanding victories in the final round of primaries on June 7.

Sanders urged Democrats at a political rally in New Mexico on Friday to get their friends and family to the polls.

He says he can win New Mexico if there is a large voter turnout. Hillary Clinton is on track to clinch the nomination through the combination of pledged delegates and superdelegates after contests on June 7.


4:20 p.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is vowing at a political rally in New Mexico to take his fight for the Democratic presidential nomination all the way to the party’s national convention this summer.

Sanders took the stage at a political rally Friday in Santa Fe to chants in Spanish of, “Yes, you can.”

Native American singers warmed up the crowd and thousands of supporters waved pro-Sanders signs overhead as they stood in a community college gymnasium to hear Sanders.

Sanders assailed what he considers the unfairness of superdelegate votes that heavily favor Hillary Clinton, and said he was better positioned to defeat presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.


2:10 p.m.

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders are filing into a rally after waiting up to eight hours under the high-altitude sunshine at a community college in northern New Mexico.

College student Gabriel Pacheco of Albuquerque said Friday that Sanders is being held back unfairly by superdelegates who support Hillary Clinton.

The 19-year-old says he has persuaded his father and grandfather in a traditional Democratic family to vote for Sanders.

Eighty-two-year-old Sculptor Penny Truitt of Santa Fe says she’ll vote in New Mexico’s June 7 primary “without having to hold my nose for once.”

The majority of New Mexico’s nine superdelegates back Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary.


2:30 a.m.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is courting Democratic voters in the heavily Hispanic state of New Mexico with a trio of public rallies scheduled ahead of the state’s primary.

Sanders will speak Friday at a community college in the state capital of Santa Fe before heading to Albuquerque. Another rally is planned Saturday in a small town near the state’s border with Texas and Mexico.

The state of 2.1 million residents goes to the primary polls June 7. New Mexico is overshadowed on the final day of state primaries by California and New Jersey.

The Vermont senator is the first presidential candidate to visit New Mexico. Donald Trump plans to visit next week, while Bill Clinton intends to campaign in Espanola and Albuquerque on behalf of Hillary Clinton.

Sanders is riding high from a primary victory in Oregon and a near tie in Kentucky but still has no clear path to victory in the delegate count.

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