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Actress Heather Matarazzo, in New Hampshire on Wednesday, tweeted her supports for Bernie Sanders.
Actress Heather Matarazzo, in New Hampshire on Wednesday, tweeted her supports for Bernie Sanders.Heather Matarazzo

With the New Hampshire primary fast approaching, candidates' celebrity surrogates have begun showing up in the Granite State. A few weeks ago,
Lena Dunham
stumped for Hillary Clinton, and Wednesday actress Heather Matarazzo tweeted a picture with the caption: "Bundled up in New Hampshire and ready to meet some Bernie supporters. #FeelTheBern."

Matarazzo, a Bernie Sanders supporter who is best known for her role in Todd Solondz's "Welcome to the Dollhouse," is one of a slew of left-leaning actors, artists, and musicians who are supporting Sanders. Others include Jackson Browne, Belinda Carlisle, Lou Barlow, Margaret Cho, Shepard Fairey, Flea, Will Ferrell, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Serj Tankian, Jeff Tweedy, and Zoë Kravitz.

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Of course, Clinton has plenty of prominent partisans, including Uzo Aduba, America Ferrera, Ariana Grande, Jon Bon Jovi, Carole King, Amy Poehler, Padma Lakshmi, Kate McKinnon, Kerry Washington, Olivia Wilde, and Dunham, who, according to a recent story in The New York Times, may have been against Hillary before she was for her. (The Times reported that, a few months ago, the "Girls" star told guests at a party hosted by HBO chief exec Richard Plepler that she was "disturbed by how, in the 1990s, the Clintons and their allies discredited women who said they had had sexual encounters with or been sexually assaulted by former President Bill Clinton.")

Like the Dems, Donald Trump has a few distinguished — OK, maybe they're not distinguished — supporters among his ranks, including Tila Tequila, Hulk Hogan, Willie Robertson of "Duck Dynasty," Gary Busey, and Dennis Rodman.

What, if any, influence the opinions of famous people have on ordinary voters is impossible to say. According to a new CNN/WMUR poll, Sanders holds a big lead over Clinton in New Hampshire, while Trump has a slight edge over John Kasich.

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