Bernie Sanders to hold campaign events in N.M. on Friday

SANTA FE – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be in New Mexico on Friday, with campaign events scheduled in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

The Santa Fe rally is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Santa Fe Community College, according to a college spokeswoman. Doors open at 1 p.m. The Albuquerque rally will be at 7 p.m. at the Albuquerque Convention Center, with doors opening at 5 p.m.

The U.S. senator from Vermont will discuss issues including “getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, combating climate change and ensuring universal health care,” according to the announcement.

Santa Fe Community College spokeswoman Janet Wise said the event will be held at the Witter Fitness Center, the college’s gymnasium, which has a capacity of about 2,500 people.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a campaign event April 4 in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

It will be Sanders’ first campaign trip to New Mexico, which is among the last states to hold a primary, on June 7. New Mexico will have 34 delegate votes at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July.

The Sanders campaign opened an Albuquerque office on Monday.

Sanders is trailing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in pledged delegates heading into the convention but has continued to campaign and to generate enthusiasm, especially among younger voters.

Clinton hasn’t yet had public campaign events in New Mexico, but her husband, former President Bill Clinton, is scheduled to campaign on her behalf next week in Albuquerque and Española.

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