Now enters one of the early frontrunners.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will be stopping in Bethlehem on April 15 for a town hall hosted by Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.
In the city that inspired the Billy Joel hit “Allentown” – but didn’t have enough rhymes to make the cut – the town hall will focus on the economy and jobs. It will take place at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks.
This town hall is apart of Sanders’ first campaign-related visit to the keystone state. On Sunday, Sanders will hold a rally in Pittsburgh. Hours before the town hall, Sanders will be heading to Wilkes-Barre to meet with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals.
A recent Emerson poll shows that Sanders is currently one of the front runners in the state’s primary.
Sanders finished second in the crowded Democratic primary field with 20% support, only trailing former Vice President Joe Biden who boasts 39% in that poll. Sanders performs best with voters 18-29, polling at 33%, with Biden following him in this demographic at 18%. Biden leads all other age groups.
This poll was also conducted prior to the recent string of stories of women accusing Biden of inappropriate behavior. Biden addressed these stories in a video saying he will be more mindful about “respecting personal space”.
Sanders participated in the only Fox News Channel Democratic town hall during the 2016 presidential election cycle with Sec. Hillary Clinton.
Sanders pulled 44% of the vote in Pennsylvania in the 2016 primary against Clinton.
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It is also currently unclear if this visit will be apart of a larger campaign stop for the Senator.
Pa. holds its 2020 primary on April 28, right at the midpoint of the Democratic calendar.
This article was updated to include the information of the venue of the town hall, plus another campaign visit to Wilkes-Barre.