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Bernie Sanders event at Winthrop moved to larger venue

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speaks to voters at the The Medallion Center on Garners Ferry Road on Aug. 21 in Columbia.
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders speaks to voters at the The Medallion Center on Garners Ferry Road on Aug. 21 in Columbia. Special to the State

Saturday’s campaign event at Winthrop University is moving to a larger location on campus.

Originally scheduled to be held in the West Center, the rally for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has now been moved to the Byrnes Auditorium on Memorial Circle.

The 7:30 p.m. event was moved to the 3,500-seat auditorium to accommodate the large crowd expected at the rally, after supporters were asked to apply for free tickets at the campaign’s website.

A self-declared “democratic socialist,” Sanders has drawn some of the largest crowds of any presidential candidate heading into 2016 as he seeks the Democratic nomination after 15 years in Congress as an independent. The senator has occasionally drawn tens of thousands of supporters to a single event.

Sanders is the first Democratic candidate to come through the Rock Hill area, after previously hosting several Republican candidates heading into February’s first-in-the-South presidential primary in South Carolina.

The doors for the event will open at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Sanders is set to be introduced by Cornel West, prominent political activist, former Harvard professor, and member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The event is free, but attendees are encouraged to RSVP.

Bristow Marchant: 803-329-4062, @BristowatHome

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