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PITTSBURGH — Bernie Sander is set to become the first primary candidate from either party to campaign in western Pennsylvania in the run up to the state’s April 26 election.

Sanders supporters were lining up outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh before dawn Thursday.

Sanders is scheduled to hold a media-only news conference at 9:30 a.m. followed by a rally an hour later.

Sanders will travel to the Bronx for another rally on Thursday afternoon.

Sanders is running for the Democratic nomination against former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who leads Sanders comfortably in polls of likely Pennsylvania voters.

The primary contests have created unusually high interest in Pennsylvania, with sizable numbers of voters changing parties.

Republican John Kasich campaigned near Philadelphia the day after winning the Ohio primary.

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