Massive turnout for Bernie Sanders in Denver: Is he Gaining on Hillary Clinton?

By Sarah Lazare, staff writer | (Commondreams.org) | – –

Massive turnout is latest sign the Vermont senator is gaining on Hillary Clinton

At least 5,500 people gather in in a gymnasium in Denver, Colorado to hear Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Speak on Saturday night. (Photo: Bernie Sanders Campaign)

At least 5,500 people gather in in a gymnasium in Denver, Colorado to hear Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders Speak on Saturday night. (Photo: Bernie Sanders Campaign)

At least 5,500 Coloradans crammed into a Denver gymnasium, an adjacent atrium, and lacrosse field Saturday night to hear presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders speak, in what is being reported as one of the biggest political rallies so far in the 2016 election cycle.

Addressing the crowd at the University of Denver, Sanders said: “What we are doing tonight is we are sending a message to the billionaire class and that is: You can’t have it all!”

“This campaign is not about me,” he continued. “It is not about Hillary Clinton or any other candidate. This campaign is about you, your kids and your parents. It is about creating a political movement of millions of people who stand up and loudly proclaim that this nation belongs to all of us and not just a handful of billionaires.”

Saturday’s crowd is the latest sign that Sanders is proving a real challenge to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whose rally at New York City’s Roosevelt Island last week drew an estimated 5,500 people.

“Sanders’s audience—- in a state not among those with traditional early nominating contests—- rivaled the largest drawn by Clinton and the Vermont senator in recent weeks,” wrote Washington Post reporter John Wagner. “The extraordinary turnout was the latest evidence that Sanders, 73, has tapped into the economic anxiety of the Democratic electorate.”

Sanders has been drawing large crowds, from Vermont to Minneapolis, and numerous polls show that Sanders is gaining on Clinton, including recent surveys of the battleground state of New Hampshire.

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4 Responses

  1. If corporations are people they should be allowed to cast their votes for Hillary in the number of stock shares they have. And they should be allowed to do it online, while people have to show up at voting booths so we can still keep the wrong kind of people from voting!

  2. I was there. Amazing energy in the crowd. Bernie was full of it too. Did not come across as an old man in the least. More like my Dad, who ran circles around everyone until at least 85.

    Bernie told us the idea to come to Denver was due to a fundraiser in LA that morning. The staff found a venue and sent out email invitations. In ten minutes the response told them to find a bigger venue. We over ran the gym 30 minutes before he was to speak. Also, the fundraiser was supposed to have been 30 people. It was 300. link to dailykos.com

    The history of revolutions has been studied and we have the precursors common to all of them. Bernie’s call for a political revolution at the polls in ’16 is resonating very well. It will be fascinating to live in this moment of history.

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