Bernie Sanders is holding free rallies in Duluth, St. Paul today


Bernie Sanders is making stops in Minnesota Tuesday.

The 74-year-old Vermont Senator – an independent, but running for the Democratic presidential nomination – will head up north before going to St. Paul.

Sanders will be at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena (better known as the DECC) for a 3 p.m. rally. Doors open an hour before. It’s free and open to the public, on a first-come-first-served basis. RSVPing is “strongly encouraged” though. (RSVP here.)

If you can't make it, KBJR 6 will be streaming the event live on its website.

Hours later Sanders will be in St. Paul, at the RiverCentre, for a 7 p.m. rally. Same deal as Duluth – doors open an hour before, free and open to the public, first-come-first-serve, and you should probably RSVP if you want to go. (You can do that here.)

While in Minnesota, Sanders is expected to discuss a wide range of issues, KSTP reports, as he tries to woo supporters ahead of Super Tuesday.

Sanders is a self-described Democratic socialist, who throughout his campaign has argued for increasing taxes on the rich, closing the gap between the highest and lowest earners, universal health care, and free access to public colleges.

Sanders' Minnesota stops come after a Democratic town hall in Iowa Monday, where he and candidate Hillary Clinton delivered "urgent, passionate pleas for supporters" ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucus, CNN reports.

At the event, Sanders laid out the terms of his single-payer health care plan, which he says would raise taxes – but ultimately would save people money, NBC News explains.

Sanders in the polls

Polling (which isn’t always a great indicator of what will actually happen) has been kind to Sanders.

A Suffolk University Political Research Center poll released last week shows he is the clear frontrunner in New Hampshire, the Boston Globe reports.

recent CNN poll shows Clinton's lead is shrinking in Iowa, although she still holds a double-digit lead over Sanders. (Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is trailing far behind them, with just 2 percent, CNN notes.) According to FiveThirtyEight's polls-only forecast, Clinton has a 67 percent chance of winning the Iowa caucuses.

In Minnesota, Sanders is still 34 points behind Clinton, according to the Star Tribune's latest Minnesota poll. But MPR News says the paper's poll didn't largely target caucus-goers, noting Minnesota's DFL precinct caucuses tend to support the far-left candidate – and in this case, that's likely Sanders.

Sanders in Minnesota

In Minnesota, thousands of people showed up to hear Sanders speak in Minneapolis last May. About 600 supporters showed up in Rochester a few weeks later.

Since then, he’s picked up an endorsement from U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (for Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, the Twin Cities area).

And in November, his campaign Twitter account weighed in on the #Justice4Jamar protests.

As for his large crowds at rallies, the Washington Post says millennials are a driving force behind Sanders' popularity. But younger people are often unreliable when it comes to actually voting on Election Day.

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