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    Sen. Bernie Sanders Makes Campaign Stop in San Francisco

    Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) was back in the Bay Area on Sunday. Christie Smith reports. (Published Sunday, March 24, 2019)

    Vermont senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders was back in the Bay Area Sunday.

    Sanders held a rally in San Francisco as part of his first trip to California since entering the 2020 presidential race.

    Cheering supporters gathered at Great Meadow Park at Fort Mason to hear Sanders speak.

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    Sanders on Saturday was back in California three years after arriving there as a beaten man in the 2016 presidential race. Now he is trying to reawaken the West Coast donor base and devoted volunteers he built then in the shadow of Sen. Kamala Harris, the state’s junior senator who has won statewide races in California three times.

    Sanders sent a message Saturday to doubters. Just under a year before California's March 2020 primary, he attracted a crowd of thousands to an outdoor rally in downtown Los Angeles. Supporters waving blue "Bernie" signs jammed shoulder-to-shoulder into a park and lined the steps of City Hall across the street, while others looked on from behind steel barricades a block away.

    In a voice that echoed off downtown buildings, he ticked through his now-familiar proposals including universal health care and bridging the wealth gap, thrusting his finger in the air for emphasis, his white hair blowing in the breeze.

    "Our job is to complete the revolution we began" in the last campaign, he told cheering supporters, while also promising to defeat Harris in California.

    The Vermont senator made a second-place finish in California's 2016 presidential primary, when he won 27 of 58 counties. Where you win is especially important in a Democratic presidential contest in the state, because of party election rules that divvy up delegates reward candidates who do well in areas thick with Democrats, like Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Sanders is expected to make a strong push in the state, in part because even the second and third place finishers could end up with a significant load of delegates under the party's complicated election rules.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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