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Clinton files for New Hampshire primary

Hillary Clinton reaches out to shake hands after filing papers to be on the nation’s earliest presidential primary ballot, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at The Secretary of State’s Office in Concord, N.H.
Hillary Clinton reaches out to shake hands after filing papers to be on the nation’s earliest presidential primary ballot, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at The Secretary of State’s Office in Concord, N.H. AP

Hillary Clinton makes it official: The leading Democratic candidate for president filed for the New Hampshire primary Monday, surrounded by hundreds of cheering supporters and hordes of reporters in Concord.

Surrounded by high-known New Hampshire supporters, Clinton signed the form declaring her candidacy in New Hampshire and paid the $1,000 filing fee.

This is the fourth time Clinton has filed in New Hampshire, including twice for her husband in 1991 and 1995 and for herself in 2007.

Clinton again Monday declined to criticize her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, but did repeatedly say she is a longtime Democrat. Sanders is an independent senator from Vermont.

“I've been a Democrat for a very long time,” she said. “I've supported a lot of Democrats over the years. As president, I've told a lot of Democrats across the country that I want to help build party from ground up.”

After she filed, Clinton spoke on the steps of New Hampshire State House.

“It is about how we can come together and find common ground,” she said. “I am not running for my husband's third term and I am not running for Barack Obama's third term, but I am a proud Democrat and I am going to build on the progress we have made together.”

Clinton’s filing kicks off a two-day, five-event swing through New Hampshire. She picked up the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund at an event launching Environmentalists for Hillary in Nashua.

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