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Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders schedules campaign rally at Winthrop University in Rock Hill

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks before the National Urban League, Friday, July 31, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. AP

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders – the Vermont independent hoping to catch up with Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton ahead of next year’s presidential primary elections – will visit Rock Hill next Saturday for a campaign rally at Winthrop University.

Sanders will appear at Winthrop with Cornel West, prominent political activist, former Harvard professor, and member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Sanders was elected to his U.S. Senate seat in Vermont as an independent in 2006. Before that, he served as Vermont’s representative in the U.S. House for 16 years.

Sanders, seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for president, is running in a far less crowded field than the Republican hopefuls who have campaigned across South Carolina this summer.

GOP hopefuls Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Lindsey Graham have all stopped in or around York County.

Sanders will be the first Democratic hopeful to appear in the Rock Hill area.

National polls show Sanders is behind Clinton but gaining support in some key primary states. He held events in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville and Sumter last month.

Those wishing to attend Sanders’ event should register at berniesanders.com.

The event is Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Sanders and West will speak in Winthrop’s West Center. There’s no cost to attend.

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