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Sanders allows he'd lose Democratic primary if held today

Bernie Sanders (Photo Source: WIS) Bernie Sanders (Photo Source: WIS)

By MEG KINNARD
Associated Press

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Bernie Sanders acknowledges he'd lose the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton if the election were held now.

The Vermont senator told reporters in North Charleston on Saturday that he feels confident that his campaign will continue to pick up steam here and in other places.

But Sanders said that he started with much lower name recognition than front-runner Clinton and is still working to introduce himself to voters.

Sanders met with reporters before speaking at a rally organized by the South Carolina Democratic Party. Clinton and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley were also expected to address the crowd.

Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP . Read more of her work at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/meg-kinnard .

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