Bernie Sanders' Minneapolis rally moves to bigger venue due to high demand

It'll now be held in the Williams Arena.

A rally featuring Democratic presidential Bernie Sanders and Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar has been moved to a bigger venue in Minneapolis.

The Vermont senator was due to appear at the Northrop Auditorium this Sunday, Nov. 3, but has seen huge demand for tickets.

As a result, it announced Tuesday that it will instead be holding the rally at the much larger Williams Arena, the home of the Gophers men's and women's basketball.

The Northrop has seating for 2,700 patrons, while the Williams can handle 14,625 in its stands, and potentially more if the floor is opened up to supporters.

Sanders and Omar will be joined by other local leaders and activists as they rally support ahead of the Minnesota primary next year.

He'll follow in the footsteps of President Donald Trump and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who have themselves held sizable events in the Twin Cities in recent months.

Trump packed the 19,000-plus capacity Target Center for a rally earlier this month, while Warren's town hall in St. Paul in August had to be moved outside after more than 12,000 people showed up.

You can sign up to attend the Sunday rally, which starts at 6 p.m., here.

Genocide vote presents issue for Omar

Rep. Omar is the only Democrat among Minnesota's delegation in Congress to endorse a candidate other than Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

But ahead of their appearance, a controversy is brewing with regards to Rep. Omar, who chose not to back a House measure Tuesday that recognizes the genocide of Armenians carried out by Ottoman Turks between 1915-17.

She instead marked herself as "present" in a vote that otherwise passed 405-11 in what was designed to be a rebuke to Turkey for its incursion into northern Syria.

In a statement, Rep. Omar later said she believes there should be accountability for all genocides and ethnic cleansing, including the slave trade and the mass killings of Native Americans during the period of colonization. She also doesn't believe that recognition of genocide should be used "as a cudgel in a political fight."

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