Just in Time for NY Primary Night: Fans Use Showtunes to Boost Their Candidates

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Fans of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and foes of Donald Trump get creative.
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Presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders may not have seen the Broadway musical Hamilton until a few weeks ago, but his fans apparently are very familiar with the show.

Actress and producer Tabitha Holbert assembled Sanders, which puts new Sanders-lauding lyrics to the show's opening number, “Alexander Hamilton.“ It was released just in time for the April 19 New York primary, in which Sanders is vying with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the nomination of the Democratic Party.

In the interest of even-handedness, here is another campaign ad, ”Chelsea's Mom,” created by the instrumental group Well-Strung to support Sanders' Democratic opponent.

On the Republican side, Donald Trump's fans haven't created a show-based ad (yet), but the Rad Motel Sketch Comedy troupe also used ”Alexander Hamilton” to attack the GOP frontrunner in this sketch, “Hamiltrump.”

These are far from the first political ads that have gotten a boost from a showtune. The John F. Kennedy administration is forever linked to ”Camelot." But his predecessor Dwight Eisenhower, benefited from the Irving Berlin song “They Like Ike” from Call Me Madam, and Kennedy's successor, Lyndon Johnson, campaigned with the song ”Hello, Lyndon” which used the melody of “Hello, Dolly!”:

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