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Bernie Sanders speaks to more than 7,500 at Santa Maria campaign rally

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaking to about 7,500 people at Santa Maria High School during a campaign rally on Saturday, May 28, 2016.
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaking to about 7,500 people at Santa Maria High School during a campaign rally on Saturday, May 28, 2016. ldickinson@thetribunenews.com

3 p.m.

Bernie Sanders leaves the stage to cheers from a crowd of about 7,500 people at Santa Maria High School. Next scheduled stop is a rally in Bakersfield at 7 p.m. Before that, The Tribune will have a short one-on-one interview with him. Look for our story.

2:40 p.m.

More than 7,500 people are at Santa Maria High School watching Bernie Sanders, according to the athletic director. His speech is expected to wrap up shortly.

2:04 p.m.

Bernie Sanders has taken the stage in Santa Maria. For live updates from the Santa Maria event, follow Tribune reporter @lindseyholden27 on Twitter.

1:25 p.m.

Campaign officials have announced that Bernie Sanders is running late in arriving at Santa Maria High School after speaking at Santa Barbara City College this morning. They expect him to arrive at about 1:45 p.m. instead of 1:30 p.m., as previously scheduled. Stay tuned for updates.

12:50 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will find plenty of fans awaiting his 1:30 p.m. campaign rally at Santa Maria High School on Saturday, where thousands, including many San Luis Obispo County residents, have filled the stadium bleachers and football field.

Supporters young, old and in between have gathered to see the Vermont senator present his progressive platform. Some sported T-shirts emblazoned with slogans like “Feel the Bern,” Sanders’ unofficial campaign motto, or phrases disparaging Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

“I like that he’s caring for the common good of everyone,” said Monica Chudgar of Los Osos. Chudgar came to the rally with her husband and 14-month-old son, who was wearing a “Babies for Bernie” onesie.

“I don’t like Donald Trump, I don’t know what Hillary’s doing, so I’m just like, ‘Go Bernie Sanders,’” said 13-year-old Iyrie Rea of Pismo Beach.

She and her middle school-aged friends can’t vote yet, but wanted to encourage others to turn out for Sanders.

Sights and sounds before Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders takes the stage at a campaign rally at Santa Maria High School in Santa Maria on Saturday.

11:45 a.m.

Several thousand people are gathering at Santa Maria High School under sunny skies for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign rally Saturday afternoon. He was set to speak at 1:30 p.m.

Tracy Chapman’s “Talkin’ bout a Revolution” was playing as people filtered into Wilson Stadium.

Earlier in the day, Sanders spoke to a large crowd at Santa Barbara City College. After the Santa Maria event, he’s to head to Bakersfield for another campaign rally at 7 p.m.

Check back to sanluisobispo.com for updates throughout the day.

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