MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand is trying to connect with voters' important issues on the ground — or, in some cases, underground.

Gillibrand held two roundtable discussions Friday in New Hampshire communities struggling with contaminated water. The second was in Merrimack, where hundreds of private wells in the town near a plastics factory have been contaminated with suspected carcinogens, and the state has closed two of the town's public wells.

The same company has caused contamination woes in Gillibrand's home state of New York. The U.S. senator said that across the country, such contamination highlights broader problems of racial injustice and income inequality because it often hurts residents who can't afford water testing, health monitoring or new homes when their wells are polluted.

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