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Bernie Sanders to host multiple campaign rallies this week in Arizona

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Tuesday, March 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

PHOENIX — Sen. Bernie Sanders will host multiple campaign rallies in Arizona this week ahead of the state’s presidential preference election, his campaign said.

Sanders, a Democrat, will host a town hall-style event in Flagstaff on Thursday evening at the Twin Arrows Navajo Casino. Doors for the meeting open at 5 p.m.

His campaign said the Vermont senator will discuss money in politics, higher education, climate change and health care, among a myriad of other topics.

The event is free and open to the public. Admission will be first-come, first-served.

Sanders will also host events in Tempe and Tucson on Friday. Doors for the Tucson rally at the city’s convention center will open at 4:30 p.m.

Sanders will return for another rally in Phoenix Saturday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The rally will start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 4 p.m.

Attendees at all rallies are asked to leave bags, weapons, chairs and signs and banners at home. Small personal items — keys, cell phones, etc. — are allowed.

The Flagstaff town hall will be Sanders’ second campaign stop in Arizona this week as the state readies for the March 22 election that will pit the Vermont senator against Hillary Clinton.

Sanders was at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown on Tuesday, where around 7,500 supporters waited for hours to get the chance to hear him speak.

Thousands of millennials — one of Sanders’ biggest demographics — were on hand for the rally and made up the majority of the crowd gathered at the convention center.

During his nearly hour-long speech, Sanders called for the raise of minimum wage to $15 per hour, advocated for equality between men’s and women’s pay and directly criticized Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for insulting Mexicans, Muslims and women.

Sanders supporters like Cort Boyd believe he has a chance to take Arizona in the presidential preference election.

“I think there’s a solid chance,” Boyd said.

KTAR’s Mike Sackley controbuted to this report.

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