- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

SEATTLE (AP) - Thousands of people streamed into a Seattle sports stadium Friday to hear Bernie Sanders speak at the presidential candidate’s second large rally here in less than a week as he tries to energize voters before Washington’s Democratic caucuses.

Sanders’ brand of Democratic socialism may take some explaining in some parts of the United States, but not in Seattle, where people lined up for hours before doors opened to Safeco Field. This city elected a socialist, Kshama Sawant, to the City Council in 2013 and was among the first to phase in a $15 minimum wage.

In Washington, Saturday’s nominating contest is expected to draw tens of thousands of voters who will ultimately determine how 101 of the state’s Democratic delegates will be awarded.

Hillary Clinton has a comfortable lead over Sanders in the delegate count. Based on primaries and caucuses to date, the former secretary of state leads Sanders 1,223 to 920.

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