Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to the crowd while wearing a San Francisco hat at a presidential campaign rally at Great Meadow Park at Fort Mason in San Francisco on March 24, 2019. (Olivia Obineme/KQED)
Sen. Bernie Sanders held his first public rally in San Francisco on Sunday as part of his second attempt to capture the Democratic nomination for president. Organizers estimate that more than 16,000 people filled Great Meadow Park at Fort Mason to hear the senator from Vermont speak.
Sanders is one of several high-profile candidates making the pilgrimage to California as part of their bids to be the Democratic nominee in 2020. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, have both dropped in on the Bay Area this month, and Sen. Kamala Harris kicked off her campaign in front of an estimated 20,000 in her hometown of Oakland in January.
The 2020 California primary is expected to play a larger role than in previous elections now that it will take place on "Super Tuesday" in the beginning of March. By the time former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton beat Sanders in California's June 2016 primary, she had already secured the nomination.