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Coverage of the 2016 presidential election from NPR News and related blogs, including candidate profiles, interviews and talking points.On-air specials will also be broadcast as Election Day approaches, including the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary.WRVO also provides coverage of regional elections both on-air and online.

Sanders brings presidential campaign to central New York

Although he was stumping for Democratic primary voters in Syracuse Tuesday, presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders set his sights on Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Sanders started off a speech to about 7,000 central New Yorkers crammed into Oncenter War Memorial, blasting fellow democrat Hillary Clinton’s campaign finance strategy.

“She has not one, but several super PACS raising tens and tens of millions of dollars from special interests,” said Sanders.

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Nearly 7,000 supporters came out to see Bernie Sanders in Syracuse Tuesday

After promising to take down Wall Street, and criticizing Clinton’s connections to big banks, Sanders mostly ignored his Democratic opponent, embarking on a litany of issues he’s known for. He talked of fighting income inequality, sexism and racism. Comments about decriminalizing marijuana brought some of the biggest cheers, but it was one simple statement near the end of his speech that drew the biggest applause.

"Donald Trump will not be president,” he said.

Sanders trails Clinton by double digits in most polls ahead of New York’s presidential primary April 19. But Sanders says there is a road to victory, in New York.

“To be honest with you, what we have found, is we win if the voter turnout is high, we lose if the voter turnout is low,” he said. “Next Tuesday, let us come out in large numbers, let us have the highest voter turnout in Democratic primary history in New York.”