VADO, N.M. (KRQE) – Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders continued his swing through New Mexico Saturday, hoping to make a big impression on voters.

After hitting Northern and Central New Mexico on Friday the Vermont Senator held a rally in the southern part of the state Saturday in Vado.

Sanders drew the same kind of crowd in Vado as he did during campaign stops in Santa Fe and Albuquerque Friday. New Mexico is one of the last states to vote in what has been a bitter primary fight between Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

A Journal poll in February showed Clinton with a double digit lead here, although it’s unclear if the race has tightened. Sanders currently trails Clinton overall and needs very big wins the rest of the way to earn the democratic nomination.

Sanders isn’t giving up though. During a KRQE News 13 interview with the senator Friday he gave a strong vote of confidence for New Mexico’s national labs.

“I am a strong proponent of Sandia Lab as a matter of fact, I helped get a project in Vermont from Sandia Lab so I know a little bit about the lab,” Sanders said. “These national laboratories, not just Sandia, can play a very important role in new technology.”

He also made an appeal to Hispanic voters, saying he strongly supports comprehensive immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship for those who come here illegally.

Saturday’s stop in Vado was Sanders’ final one before leaving New Mexico. He spent the rest of Saturday campaigning in California.

Sanders is the first of a wave of presidential campaigning through New Mexico.

On Tuesday, the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is holding a rally at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Former President Bill Clinton will be in the state campaigning on his wife’s behalf, with events scheduled in Espanola on Tuesday and Albuquerque on Wednesday.

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