Bernie Sanders, riding high on his new status as Democratic frontrunner in Wisconsin, storms into Eau Claire with a Saturday morning rally. Sanders looks to run up the score on his opponent, national frontrunner Hillary Clinton, needing to defeat Clinton by as wide a margin as possible to put a dent in her delegate-count lead — a possibility, however, that is starting to seem increasingly achievable.
Scroll down this page for a full replay of the Bernie Sanders rally in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Saturday.
After leading in only one poll of the last five since November prior to this week — and only by one point in that lone survey — a flurry of three polls came out this week showing Sanders suddenly leading Clinton by as many as six points.
— Morning Joe (@Morning_Joe) March 31, 2016
According to Nate Silver of the election-predicting site FiveThirtyEight.com, Sanders needs to win Wisconsin not just by six points, but by 16 to grab at least 50 of the state’s 86 delegates, about 58 percent, which would keep him on track to overtake Clinton, who leads by 228.
Picking up 50 in Wisconsin would give reduce Clinton’s lead to 214.
Sanders staged a rally in the South Bronx, New York, on Thursday that drew a reported 18,500 supporters and featured a celebrity guest in Daredevil actress and New York City native Rosario Dawson, who delivered a rousing introduction for Sanders.
Watch a full replay of the Bernie Sanders rally in the South Bronx in the video below.
In Eau Claire, Sanders will have another celebrity introducer, when he calls on Wisconsin’s own Justin Vernon — better known as pop star Bon Iver.
The doors for the Saturday rally are set to open at 10 a.m. Central Time — 11 a.m. Eastern, 8 a.m. Pacific — on Saturday, April 2, at Zorn Arena on the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. Bernie Sanders will take the podium between two and three hours after doors open.
Watch a full replay of the Bernie Sanders Eau Claire, Wisconsin, rally in the video below.
Eau Claire will be a popular place with presidential candidates this weekend. Also on Saturday, Hillary Clinton will appear in the city at The Lismore Hotel at 205 South Barstow Street in Eau Claire in the early afternoon.
And then at 7 p.m. local time, embattled Republican frontrunner Donald Trump will hold a rally at Memorial High School in Eau Claire. On Sunday night, Trump’s rival Texas Senator Ted Cruz makes a stop in Eau Claire as well.
Perhaps one reason for the Bernie Sanders surge has been his stepped-up personal attacks on Hillary Clinton, slamming her repeatedly for what he says are her close ties to Wall Street and the fossil fuel industry.
“Sanders is increasingly embracing the tactics he once decried,” wrote Boston Globe columnist Michael A. Cohen on Friday. “Rather than trying to unify the Democratic Party behind its almost certain nominee, Hillary Clinton, he is ramping up the attacks against her. While once Sanders refused even to mention Clinton’s name, now he doesn’t go a day without hitting her.”
After Wisconsin, which if the polls are correct, could send Sanders out on the highest note of his campaign, New York is the next stop on the primary schedule. The state with the second-largest delegate slate in the country, behind California, goes to the polls on April 19 with 247 delegates available.
According to the FiveThirtyEight analysis, Sanders must win 128 of those delegates, about 52 percent, to remain competitive — but that number will increase if he fails to hit his benchmark of a 16-point victory in Wisconsin.
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Sanders now trails Clinton by 20.1 in New York points according to the FiveThirtyEight polling average — though the latest individual poll, released on Thursday by Quinnipiac University, shows Clinton with a 12-point lead.
After his busy weekend in Wisconsin, Bernie Sanders will certainly be holding rally after rally in New York as he does whatever he can to overcome his deficit in the polls there.
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