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Deja Vu in New Hampshire

By Dan Balz, Washington Post - September 8, 2015

The political headlines out of New Hampshire this weekend bear an eerie resemblance to those of September 1999: an underdog senator overtaking a prohibitive front-runner in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

In that case it was then-Sen. Bill Bradley (N.J.) surging ahead of then-Vice President Al Gore. Today it’s Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) making life difficult for former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Sixteen years ago, Bradley could not hold his lead. He lost to Gore in Iowa and then narrowly in New Hampshire, which washed away his hopes of winning the nomination. The challenge for Sanders as summer turns to fall is to try to avoid the same fate in 2016.

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