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Bernie Sanders holding rally in Denver

Bernie Sanders is in Denver for a rally at the Colorado Convention Center.

DENVER — Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is in Denver this weekend for an event downtown.

Sanders, 78, was initially set to hold a rally at the Bellco Theatre inside the Colorado Convention Center on Sunday, Feb. 16. 

Due to high demand, his campaign announced Thursday that the event will now take place in Exhibition Halls C and D at the convention center.  

The event itself began at 6 p.m. The rally is free and open to the public.

Sanders' trip to Colorado comes after his win last week in New Hampshire's presidential primary election, where he narrowly edged moderate rival Pete Buttigieg and scored the first clear victory in the Democratic Party’s chaotic 2020 nomination fight.

Sanders declared that his victory in New Hampshire “is the beginning of the end" for President Donald Trump. Sanders has energized young voters and liberals with his calls for a Medicare for all health care system and free college tuition.

Sunday will be Sanders' second visit to the Centennial State during his 2020 campaign. In September, he held a rally at Civic Center Park where he campaigned for economic justice, social justice, racial justice and environmental justice.

Sanders won the 2016 Colorado Democratic caucus over challenger Hillary Clinton, but the state has since switched to a presidential primary. 

Colorado participates in Super Tuesday on March 3 with more than a dozen other states, including California.

Located inside the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver, the Bellco Theatre is a 5,000-seat venue that hosts concerts, lectures and events.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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