Fresh off of drawing the largest Iowa crowds of any presidential candidate in the race so far, Bernie Sanders received the endorsement by a key New Hampshire political figure.

CNN reports that longtime activist Dudley Dudley has endorsed the Vermont independent senator over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic party's nomination.

The decision appears to be a blow to presidential candidate Martin O'Malley. The former Maryland governor met Dudley at both her Durham, New Hampshire, homes, CNN reported on Saturday.

A recent CNN/WMUR New Hampshire primary poll found Clinton leading Sanders by 8 points. But that is a dramatic shift from her earlier lead of 38 points.

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