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Bernie Sanders gets on Indiana's ballot

Posted at 7:04 PM, Feb 02, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- The surge in buzz around Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign spilled over from Iowa into the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday. 

Sanders' campaign and supporters -- many younger on average than Clinton's base -- were sure to be fired up as they put his name on Indiana's ballot. But after Monday's close loss to Clinton in Iowa, things really ramped up. 

The race was so close in Iowa, that six reported coin flips at caucus sites may have given Clinton the edge. 

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But cheers in Iowa for Clinton Monday night, gave way to cheers Tuesday morning in New Hampshire for Sanders, who is up there by roughly 20 points going into next week. 

Those cheers carried on into the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday afternoon, where Sanders' Hoosier contingent filed more than 7,000 signatures to get his name on the ballot. 

"The opposing candidate was the heavy favorite and we got to a draw in an early state, and for us that's a win," Aaron Robinson said. 

After essentially a tie in Iowa -- and a projected and likely win in New Hampshire Tuesday -- Clinton's campaign is sure to fire back and say, 'That's fine for now, but in November, it's a different story.'"

"I am a progressive who gets things done for people. I know what we are capable of doing," Hillary Clinton said. 

Sanders Indiana chair doesn't see it that way and says Sanders would be able to beat the Republican candidate thrown at him. 

"As the momentum builds, you're going to see much more political revolution-focused activities with, as you've seen, large crowds demanding we have a change in our country," Robinson said. 

Clinton's campaign filed petitions to get on Indiana's ballot last month. So far, Republicans Bush, Kasich, Christie and Carson have filed. 

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Marco Rubio's supporters say they are filing Wednesday.

Indiana's primary is not scheduled until May 3, but if races remain tight, the Hoosier state could play a pivotal role leading up to November. 


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