Supporters of presidential contender Bernie Sanders held a march and rally in downtown Portland on Thursday evening, one day before Maine Democrats gather in the city for the party’s state convention.

The “We Love Bernie March” started at Congress Square and went down Congress Street to Monument Square for a rally with speeches and music.

Sanders handily won Maine’s Democratic caucuses on March 6 amid record turnout. But the Vermont senator is well behind Hillary Clinton in the nationwide number of pledged delegates and superdelegates. It is mathematically impossible for Sanders to win the Democratic nomination on pledged delegates alone.

But the Sanders campaign is, instead, focusing on winning more of the superdelegates – who are not bound by the outcomes of primaries or caucuses – away from Clinton.

Maine Democrats will gather Friday and Saturday at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland to elect 25 delegates and two alternates to attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Five superdelegates from Maine will also go to Philadelphia.


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