Bernie Sanders speaks to an overflowing crowd of 5,500 thousand people on Saturday night at University of Denver.
Bernie Sanders, who’s emerged as Hillary Rodham Clinton’s chief rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, drew an estimated crowd of more than 5,000 people to the University of Denver on Saturday night for what appeared to be one of the largest political rallies of the 2016 cycle.
The extraordinary turnout was the latest evidence that Sanders, 73, has tapped into the economic anxiety of the Democratic electorate. In recent weeks, his crowds have swelled, and his poll numbers have been on the rise, particularly in New Hampshire, the nation’s first primary state.
Before he took the stage, Sanders’s audience in Denver was treated to a selection of recorded songs by classic rocker Neil Young. Earlier this week, Republican contender Donald Trump used a Young song, “Rockin’ in the Free World,” as he came on stage for his announcement. That drew a rebuke from Young, a Canadian citizen who said he is supporting Sanders.
The crowd count of 5,500 for Saturday’s event was provided by University of Denver officials. During the event, the university estimated the crowd to be 4,500 people, a figure that was included in a Sanders campaign news release. After the event, the estimate was raised to account for additional people gathered on the lacrosse field.
— John Wagner, The Washington Post