MISSOULA –Lots of people got a jump start on the Bernie Sanders rally at Caras Park in Missoula on Wednesday morning.Hundreds of people lined up downtown before they were admitted into the event at about 10 a.m.

The U.S. Senator from Vermont, who’s running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for President, is scheduled to start speaking at 12:30 p.m.

Anyone heading downtown for the rally should expect to find a big crowd as well as road closures.

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The Riverfront Trail will be closed between Higgins Street and the restrooms near the Caras Park Pavilion.  The Higgins Bridge sidewalk overlooking the park will also be closed to prevent traffic congestion.

People will only be able to enter the park through the entrance on Ryman Street, and people coming in will not be able to bring any bags with them — including purses and backpacks.

Missoula Police says that the best place for attendees to park vehicles will be the Park Place and Central Park parking structures before walking the rest of the way to the event.


(MAY 8, 2016) Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has added a second campaign stop in Montana.

Sanders is bringing his campaign to the Caras Park Pavilion in downtown Missoula on Wednesday, May 11th, at 10 a.m.

His campaign on Saturday announced a rally in Billings for later that day.

The Missoula event is free and open to the public, but the campaign suggests attendees RSVP because admission is first come, first served. General admission can enter from the north side of the pavilion. 

“Sanders will discuss a broad range of issues, including getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, combating climate change and ensuring universal health care,” a press release stated.

With 12 states and territories left to vote, many of which come in June, Sanders is trying to stop Clinton’s quest for 2,382 delegates.

She currently has 2,229 delegates, with Sanders at 1,453.

Montana holds 21 delegates and six superdelegates

Campaign officials say he plans to speak about getting big money out of politics, his plan for tuition-free public colleges and universities, combating climate change, and health care.