Bernie Sanders formally endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Tuesday at a rally in New Hampshire, ending a prolonged and oft-contentious primary battle.

“She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States,” Sanders said. “I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”

Clinton secured enough delegates last month to clinch the nomination at next month’s convention — which would make her the first woman ever to win a major party nomination. Sanders vowed to work alongside Clinton to defeat presumed GOP candidate Donald Trump, but refused to end his campaign even after President Obama and other party leaders got behind Clinton, choosing instead to keep pushing her to adopt more of his far-left agenda.

Sanders figures to be a key ally for Clinton as she gears up to face Trump. She’ll likely need Sanders’ help in swaying his fervent followers — many who are decidedly anti-Clinton — to now support her in the general election in November.

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