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Sen. Bernie Sanders Announces Rally In Phoenix

Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders is bringing his presidential campaign to Phoenix. 

Thursday, March 5, is the day for people to see the Vermont senator in the Valley. His rally will be at 6:30 p.m. at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the same venue where President Trump held a campaign rally on Feb. 19. Tickets aren’t required, and admission is first-come, first-served.

This is Sanders’ first trip to the state this cycle. He lost the Arizona Democratic Presidential Preference Election (PPE) four years ago to Hillary Clinton by 15 points.

Arizona’s PPE is in two weeks, although early voting has already started. Florida, Ohio, and Illinois Democrats also vote on March 17.

The state’s Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate this year, Mark Kelly, announced on Monday that he’s endorsing Sanders’ main rival for the nomination, former Vice President Joe Biden.

Bret Jaspers was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2017 to 2020.