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Bernie Sanders to hold rally in Tacoma

Event his first 2020 campaign stop in state


OLYMPIA — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a rally Monday night in the Tacoma Dome in his first 2020 campaign appearance in Washington.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Seattle, who is chair of Sanders’ state campaign, will joint him at the event, The Seattle Times reported Thursday.

Sanders, fresh off a win in the New Hampshire primary, is visiting Washington ahead of its March 10 presidential primary. State Democrats scrapped the caucuses they previously used — and which Sanders won in 2016 — for the primary. Ballots will be mailed to the state’s nearly 4.5 million registered voters on Feb. 21.

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination remains in flux, with the U.S. senator from Vermont vying with other top contenders, including Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., who placed a close second in New Hampshire, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who placed third. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., remains in third place in the national delegate count.

Buttigieg is scheduled to be in the state Saturday for a private fundraiser, but as of Thursday afternoon, his campaign had announced no public events.