Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders makes first visit to San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Tuesday 3:40 p.m. — Before democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders holds his rally at the San Diego Convention Center, supporters marched through the streets of Downtown Tuesday.

Although 200 people were expected to attend, only about 100 marchers arrived for the 11 a.m. march. They gathered near City Hall and chanted “hey, hey, ho, ho corporate greed has got to go,” event organizers said.

The group, accompanied by a police escort, marched for 30 minutes carrying signs that read “take your vote back from billionaires, vote Bernie,” and “Bernie: a future to believe in.”

The Sanders Campaign is expecting 25,000 supporters at the rally scheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday at the San Diego Convention Center. 

Monday 5:00 p.m. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is scheduled to hold a rally in San Diego for the first time Tuesday.

According to his campaign, Sanders is scheduled to speak at the San Diego Convention Center at 5 p.m. and registration for the free event is full.

His supporters plan to rally and march in downtown San Diego beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Community Concourse next to City Hall.

Sanders has maintained his position in the race, despite his only opponent, Hillary Clinton’s large lead in pledged delegates.

For the first time in a while, a June California primary is expected to have a major impact on the presidential nominations, so Sanders’ appearance could be the first of many for candidates still in the race, particularly on the Republican side.

A handful of Clinton supporters in the Senate, including Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., have called on Sanders to wind down his campaign, noting the former first lady, secretary of state and New York senator has nearly double the number of pledged delegates.

"The writing’s on the wall,” Boxer told the website Politico.

Politico also reported that Sanders raised more funds last month than Clinton — $43.5 million to $30 million — citing filings to the Federal Elections Commission. Clinton had more cash on hand, $31 million to $17 million.

Clinton plans to campaign in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

The Sanders campaign asked attendees at the Tuesday events to not bring bags and only carry small personal items like keys and cell phones, for security reasons. Weapons, sharp objects, chairs, and signs or banners on sticks will not be allowed through security.

While parking is available for a fee at the convention center, the campaign encouraged carpooling or taking the trolley.

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