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Clinton, Sanders bring presidential pitch to MN DFL dinner

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Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders brought their campaigns to Minnesota Friday for a fundraising dinner.

Each of them spoke at the fifth annual Humphrey-Mondale Dinner at St. Paul's RiverCentre, using their time on stage to reiterate themes from the campaign season so far.

The Pioneer Press has a list of key quotes from the dinner.

About 4,000 people attended the event (which was sold out), WCCO reports, with the Minnesota DFL hoping to have raised about $1 million.

A Star Tribune poll released last month asked Democrats in the state who they would prefer to see win the nomination. Former Secretary of State Clinton was ahead of the Vermont Senator Sanders, 59 percent to 25 percent (with a margin of error of 5.7 percent).

Their joint appearance (though they didn't appear on stage together) comes at a time the race for the Democratic nomination is heating up.

Sanders had a decisive victory in the New Hampshire primary just a few days ago, while Clinton snuck by in the Iowa caucuses the week prior. They also debated Thursday night in Milwaukee.

Here's a replay of that:

Real Clear Politics has a running tally of how many delegates each candidate has won as a result of caucuses and primaries – Sanders is currently ahead 36-32, with 2,382 needed to win.

Minnesota’s political caucuses are coming up on March 1.

Both candidates are hitting television screens in Minnesota, with Sanders having purchased ad time on stations in Duluth and Fargo-Moorhead as well as the Twin Cities.

Before the DFL dinner, Sanders was at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis for a Black America Community Forum.

The Republican Party of Minnesota has a similar dinner fundraiser on Tuesday. The Lincoln Reagan Dinner will include an address from U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, as well as a speech from former U.S. Sen. for Minnesota Norm Coleman.

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