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Clinton, Sanders power up phone banks to get out the vote

With the state’s Democratic and Republican primaries a mere 15 days away, several presidential campaigns are already working to get out the vote in Western New York.

Some campaigns have already held neighborhood walks and phone banks. More are planned as New Yorkers get ready to head to the polls on April 19.

The Democratic presidential primary race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the first time New York will play such a significant role in deciding the Democratic nomination since 1988.

Candidates list their organizing events on their campaign websites. Here are some upcoming events:

Hillary Clinton

• “Young Professionals for Hillary Phone Bank;” 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, The Pop In, 218 Grant St. Organized by LGBT rights activist and Stonewall Democrats of Western New York Vice President Kitty Lambert.

• Erie County Democrats are phone banking for Hillary Clinton from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday. Event continues Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, as well as April 11, 12, 13, 14 at Democratic headquarters, 671 Seneca St. Hours vary.

Bernie Sanders

• Phone banking for at Buffalo for Bernie 2016 Headquarters, 404 Amherst St., near corner of Grant Street. Runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, when the campaign will go door-to-door on a “Neighborhood Walk For Bernie” from 4 to 7 p.m. Events continue daily.

• Phone banking from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at CWA Local 1122, 3775 Genesee St., Cheektowaga.

John Kasich

• Volunteers for Ohio Governor John Kasich are invited to an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post 6251, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The meeting is being organized by Assemblyman Ray Walter, R-Amherst, and Erie County Leg. Kevin R. Hardwick, R-City of Tonawanda.

Republican candidate Ted Cruz’s campaign website does not yet list any upcoming events in Western New York. Donald Trump’s website requires visitors to register in order to see any events.

Clinton will be making a campaign stop in Buffalo on Friday, though details have not been released.

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