Crowd gathers for Bernie Sanders Pittsburgh stop

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 31, 2016 8:30 AM

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks at a rally at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Product Pavilion, Tuesday, March 29, 2016, in West Allis, Wis. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

(Pittsburgh) -- Bernie Sanders is set to become the first primary candidate from either party to campaign in western Pennsylvania in the run-up to the state's April 26 election. 

Sanders supporters were lining up outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh before dawn today. 

The Vermont senator is scheduled to hold a rally an hour later around 10:30 a.m.  

He will the travel to the Bronx for another rally this afternoon. 

Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who leads Sanders comfortably in polls of likely Pennsylvania voters. 

The primary contests have created unusually high interest in the state, with sizable numbers of voters changing parties. 

Republican John Kasich campaigned near Philadelphia the day after winning the Ohio primary.

He will hold a town hall meeting tomorrow morning in Hershey and  join Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz at a conference in Camp Hill a few hours later

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