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CLEVELAND, Ohio – As he trails Secretary Hillary Clinton in the delegate count for the democratic presidential nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders will bring his campaign to Cleveland on Saturday.
Sanders will speak to a ticketed audience in what has been described as a non-public event at the Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.
The church extended invitations to both campaigns, but Sanders was the first to accept.
“It’s not necessarily a rally, campaign rally but more of a dialogue of what his thoughts are and his vision is,” said Mark Smith, Media Director for the church.
Tickets for the event have already been distributed.
Clinton, who has dominated the African American vote in exit polls from previous primaries, was scheduled to speak with members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus on Friday, another group that can influence thousands of voters in the state.
“Ohio is extremely important in this primary season, it may be one of the most important states in the country. We all know that it's important in the November general election but this year Ohio is also a battleground in the primary. And it's a battleground on both sides both for the democrats and the republicans,” said Jeff Rusnak, Sanders Ohio Campaign Chairman.
Recent polls show Sanders and Clinton in a near statistical dead heat in Ohio, with Sanders lagging far in the nationwide balloting.
“These campaigns are essentially a sprint. They are kind of a long sprint but they are a sprint, so we expect that we will see Senator Sanders frequently in Ohio. We know how important it is to him and we know how important his message is to the voters of this state,” said Rusnak.