By John Wagner
September 20, 2015 at 8:17 PM

DURHAM, N.H. — Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders drew an estimated 3,000 people to a boisterous rally here Sunday night at the University of New Hampshire, about five times as many people as Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton attracted to an event two days ago at the same campus.

“You may not know this, but what you’re part of tonight is the largest turnout for any presidential candidate in New Hampshire,” Sanders said at the outset of his rally, referring to the 2016 cycle.

Many of the audience members in the university’s fieldhouse were college students, a group Sanders said had a reputation for being apathetic. “It sounds to me like you are ready to transform America,” he said to loud applause.

When Clinton appeared on campus here two days earlier, about 600 people came to see her at a forum about college affordability. About 300 people were seated in a room at the student union while nearly 300 watched from an overflow room during the event Friday morning, according to figures provided by Clinton’s campaign.

While Clinton’s event was open to the public, aides said that it was not meant to draw a rally-sized crowd and that Clinton was focused on holding a thoughtful discussion. Sanders’s event, which his campaign said drew more than 3,000 people, was held at a time more convenient for students.

Still, the large disparity in crowd sizes highlights an enthusiasm gap among younger voters in the early nominating states. Recent polls from Iowa and New Hampshire have shown Sanders with sizable leads over Clinton among voters younger than 30.

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