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Bernie Sanders to hold rally at Moda Center 9:45 AM Friday

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Bernie Sanders to hold rally at Moda Center

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold a rally at the Moda Center on Friday, according to his campaign website.

The free, public event will be held at 9:45 a.m. Sanders also will stump at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, later in the day.

The appearances will come a day before the Washington Democratic caucuses Saturday.

Sanders, a Vermont senator, last appeared in the Portland area Sunday when he spoke at a rally in Vancouver.

About 5,800 people gathered inside the gym at Vancouver's Hudson's Bay High School to listen to him speak, while 2,500 more tuned in from an overflow room.

He drew a hearty round of applause when he called for free tuition at public colleges and universities. He also spoke about campaign finance reform, corporate greed, economic inequality and his distaste for "establishment politics."

Sanders also traveled Sunday to Seattle and Spokane for campaign appearances.

His opponent for the Democratic nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, also made multiple appearances in Washington this week as did her husband, former President Bill Clinton, who stopped in Vancouver and made a surprise visit to Portland.

Oregon's primary will be held May 17.

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