Last week was all about the city. This week, however, brings the candidates upstate.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is scheduled to take the rally stage in Albany Monday ahead of New York’s April 19 primary. The Times-Union reported the Vermont senator's speech is set to start at 2 p.m. EDT at the Washington Avenue Armory.
Doors opened at 11 a.m. for the Sanders event, but the Daily Gazette reported fans of the Vermont senator showed up as early as 6 a.m. As college student Amanda Ziegler-Iannotti, 21, waited in line, she told the outlet she thought Sanders had integrity because he was not running a negative campaign against his rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. “A lot of my generation connects with the things he talks about,” Ziegler-Iannotti added.
A Fox News poll released Sunday showed Clinton with a 16-point lead over Sanders in the race for for the Empire State’s 291 delegates. RealClearPolitics noted that, on average, Clinton was ahead by about 14 percentage points in the state where she once served as a senator.
“Sanders has a lot of work to do if he’s going to make this race a close one,” Democratic pollster Chris Anderson told Fox. “He’s currently losing among every demographic group with the exception of men and voters under age 45. Many more middle-age New Yorkers are going to have to feel the Bern for Sanders to have a chance of catching Clinton.”
Bernie Sanders supporters wrap around a city block in Albany NY for today's rally. pic.twitter.com/hNl9Askrcg
— ©Skip Dickstein (@SKIPSCAM) April 11, 2016
Sanders, who was born in Brooklyn, visits Albany on the same day as Republican candidates Donald Trump and John Kasich. Trump was due to hold a rally in the state capital at 7 p.m., while the Ohio governor had events scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., according to the Times-Union. Many residents, like historian Jack McEneny, were excited by all the action.
"We're a blue state, we tend to be dissed," McEneny said. "To have this kind of attention is extraordinary."
DIY Bernie, from Stephanie Oberting, 24, of Albany pic.twitter.com/niNmMULfIs
— Lindsay Ellis (@lindsayaellis) April 11, 2016