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Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders focuses on income inequality in Rochester speech

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Roughly 600 supporters turned out Thursday morning to a fundraiser brunch for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The Vermont Senator visited Rochester's International Event Center to talk about the role of money in politics, climate change and the cost of college, but focused much of his speech on income inequality, saying it would worsen under the GOP.

"This country is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. But most of our people don't know that. And they don't know that because almost all of that wealth is centered in the hands of a very few people, and that's got to change," he told the crowd Thursday, MPR News reports.

The 73-year-old Sanders describes himself as a Democratic socialist, and is seen as a growing challenge to Hillary Clinton's White House bid on the Democratic side. Sanders' campaign released fundraising numbers following Thursday's speech – he's brought in nearly $15 million since April 30, most coming from small donors.

Sanders is known to draw huge crowds at his events. Five weeks ago, he drew thousands of attendees for a speech in Minneapolis.

And on Wednesday in Madison, Wisconsin, nearly 10,000 people showed up at a Sanders rally to hear him speak – last year, Time notes, he was speaking to crowds of about 50 people in Iowa classrooms.

His campaign is portrayed as gaining steam. The Washington Post recently called him "an unlikely – but real – threat to" Clinton.

The numbers still have a ways to go, however.

A Quinnipiac poll of Democrats in Iowa found Sanders with 33 percent support, double what it was in May – but still behind Clinton's figure of 52 percent, Time reports.

Nationally, a Public Policy Polling poll found Sanders had 25 percent support. Again, still well behind Clinton, who notched a 57 percent.

There are four candidates officially in the 2016 presidential race on the Democratic side; 14 Republicans have announced their intention to run.

Not sure who you agree with?

The New York Times has a look at each candidate (plus some likely possibilities to get into the race), along with recent activities.

And websites such as OnTheIssue.org lay out candidates' positions, and also offers a quiz where you choose whether you're for or against certain things, and at the end it selects which candidate you line up best with.

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