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A man in a black Sanders T-shirt with a grey ponytail on the riser behind him on the stage cannot contain himself.
"They stole the country, the a---holes!" he bellows.
Over thunderous applause Sanders doesn't miss a beat.
"Well, I wouldn't phrase it exactly like that," he says, in a tone that says this is exactly how he would phrase it.
Indeed in his speech Sanders says unambiguously that his campaign is nothing short of a call for a political revolution to reform an economy he believes is rigged on behalf of the very wealthy.
Later I catch up with the Wall Street heckler outside. Robert Grawet is everything a Republican could hope for in a supporter – a millionaire small business owner and Vietnam War veteran. He has flown all the way across the country from Washington State to be at this event.
What he is looking for most in politics is honesty and he sees this in Sanders over any other candidate. In the past he has voted for Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.
This sort of passion is the mark of Sanders events and he is expected to win in Tuesday's vote. The Real Clear Politics average of polls has Sanders up by 13.3 percentage points.
His opponent, Hillary Clinton, has good reason to hope this might be the high-tide mark for the Sanders insurgency.
This might be a Republican state – its motto is Live Free or Die – but it is also a Sanders stronghold. Those voters who do support Democrats here tend to be further to the left than Southern Democrats who will vote in the coming weeks. They know Sanders well as the senator from the neighbouring state.
It could be the very power of the Sanders campaign in New Hampshire that has led to criticism of it from Bill Clinton.
On Sunday night the former president lashed out at Sanders supporters who he claimed had subjected Hillary Clinton to vicious online attacks.
He described one progressive blogger as resorting to using a pseudonym online to avoid the blowback.
"She and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary and explain – just explain – why they supported her have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often – not to mention sexist – to repeat," Clinton said.
"When you're making a revolution, you can't be too careful about the facts. You're just for me or against me."
Clinton's comments come after a media debate about a certain type of Sanders supporter identified last year by The Atlantic as "BernieBros" – young, earnest, male and aggressive to the point of offensive.
I'm yet to find a Berniebro in the wild. The young men and women I spoke to at the Manchester event were engaged and cheerful, and thrilled to be part of the New Hampshire primary, which at this point in the cycle takes on the atmosphere of an arts festival.
At 17 years old Jake Marcus and Jack Laundry have taken a day off school to try to get to as many campaign events as possible. Before Sanders' lunchtime appearance they had already been to hear Donald Trump and Ted Cruz speak.
They had never heard of the Bernie Bros phenomenon, though Jake said he had detected anger at Clinton among some Sanders supporters. He understands it too. Sanders is running against the whole political system, he says, where as she is "the very embodiment of it".
If he were old enough he would be voting for Hillary Clinton or the Republican Chris Christie though. He likes her foreign policy and thinks that Christie's is fairly close. He thinks any attempt to introduce the sort of free healthcare system Sanders advocates would result in more wasted years of political warfare.
Ani Kaneuriyan, 30, is a lawyer from New York. Like Grawet she has travelled to New Hampshire because in this small state you can get close enough to the candidates to look them in the eye. She has never heard of the Bernie Bros either.
She backs Sanders and thinks he can win, but she will turn out to vote for Hillary should she take the nomination, as polling suggests she will.
"I'm not against Hillary. I just think she is more calculated, she has wanted this from the very beginning."
In the snow outside Manchester's town centre, the streets are thick with reporters and broadcast vans.
A nearby Radisson hotel is overrun by political operatives, political tourists and media.
Among them is Vermin Supreme, part-political clown, part-performance artist. I'd last met him in 2012 at the Democratic convention in North Carolina where he professed to be shocked to have lost the party's nomination to President Barack Obama.
He is still advocating free ponies for all, though his political star has risen. They say you can re-sell a signed Vermin gumboot (he wears a gumboot on his head) for $1000.