Bill Clinton stumps for Hillary in Massachusetts

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) – Former President Bill Clinton arrived in New Bedford Tuesday afternoon to drum up support for his wife during the Commonwealth’s primary.

A large crowd gathered outside the polling place at Buttonwood Park to greet Clinton on Super Tuesday.

Voters are casting their ballots in 11 states, including Massachusetts, Virginia, Texas, and Colorado. No other primary day has so many delegates up for grabs at once and the results will set the tone for the rest of the election.

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is making a major last-minute push in Massachusetts as polls show the former first lady with a slight lead over her rival, Bernie Sanders, who previously led in surveys there. Political analysts have called the Bay State a must-win for Sanders if he wants to get the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sanders was in Massachusetts Monday night for a rally in Milton, but returned to his home state of Vermont on Tuesday.

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New Bedford is the largest city in Bristol County, which has treated Clinton well in the past. During her 2008 primary race against Barack Obama, when she won Massachusetts by a 15-point margin, no part of the state gave her a more lopsided victory than Bristol County: Clinton took 69% of the vote there, according to CNN.

New Bedford Mayor John Mitchell, a Democrat, endorsed Clinton last year.

Across the county’s four cities, Clinton took 70% of the vote in New Bedford, 77% in Fall River, 72% in Taunton and 61% in Attleboro.

Polls in Massachusetts are open until 8 p.m.

Ted Nesi contributed to this report.

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