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Bernie Sanders attracts thousands to Tucson rally

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TUCSON – In a final push before Arizona’s presidential preference election, Senator Bernie Sanders held his second rally in Tucson.

“In this campaign, for people 30 years of age and younger, we have received more votes than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump combined,” Sanders said.

Thousands of enthusiastic supporters attended the event at the Tucson Convention Center Arena. The venue holds about 9,000. There were still sections that were largely open toward the back of the arena.

In October, his campaign estimated about 11,000 at a rally at Reid Park.

“This campaign is listening to the Latino community,” Sanders said.

The first member of congress to endorse Sanders was Tucson’s Rep. Raul Grijalva. He introduced Sanders at Friday's rally.

“Sheriff Arpaio and people like him will not continue to be able to act in the unconscionable way they are acting today,” Sanders said.

Sanders will hold another rally in Phoenix Saturday. Then he will move on to Washington, Idaho and Utah.

There are 172,246 registered Democrats in Pima County. The Pima County Recorder mailed 125,194 early Democratic ballots. Voters had returned 76,744 as of Friday afternoon, meaning Sanders will be battling Secretary Hillary Clinton for almost 100,000 votes still available in Pima County alone.

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