Democratic candidate for president Bernie Sanders is in Davenport on Friday night hosting a rally at the RiverCenter.
Local 4 News, your local election headquarters, will present it live on Facebook at 7 p.m. Tune in here.
Jim Niedelman and Tahera Rahman previewed the visit on Local 4 News at 6. You can watch that in the videos above.
Sanders hopes to keep riding his wave of support from 2016.
“I think his strength is he starts with that name ID, that support, that momentum from four years ago and others will kind of have to catch up to him on that,” says Porter McNeil, Democratic political consultant.
But some of that familiarity could work against him.
“He’s a victim of his own success; he’s created the issues for the 2020 field but he doesn’t have the field to himself now, he has many other progressives on the field in the campaign to divide that vote up,” McNeil says.
In 2016, Sanders was known as the candidate to galvanize young voters.
Now, he’s got more competition there.
“Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, all generating support among millennials,” says McNeil.
All of the challengers are reaching into sanders’ ideological and demographic base– and a lot of them have the so-called “new”-factor.
“Sometimes in campaigns people like new cadidates; Beto O’Rourke is new, the mayor of Southbend is new, Kamala Harris is new, so there’s an appeal with that. Bernie Sanders has more of a loyal, been-there-done-that following, so we’ll see if they stay with him,” McNeil says.
And here we go! @SenSanders takes the stage. Head over to https://t.co/nnSPgSry50 for a full live broadcast. And keep my Twitter tab open for snippets :D. pic.twitter.com/gOGj5v0z6j— Tahera Rahman (@TaheraTV) April 6, 2019
Getting ready for @SenSanders at the River Center tonight. Tune in for a live report at 6pm, then live-streaming on Facebook and THEN a wrap up tonight at 10pm! The night is young, folks. pic.twitter.com/NgrOnPkyIi— Tahera Rahman (@TaheraTV) April 5, 2019