Bernie Sanders

Mary Schwalm

There's been a recent surge in Democratic presidential candidates visiting Maine, as New Jersey U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced Tuesday that he'll campaign in Portland on Saturday. The flurry of campaign stops — three in a little over a week — illustrate a new electoral landscape for independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who dominated the Democratic caucuses in Maine in 2016. Sanders on Sunday drew a sellout crowd for a rally at the State Theatre in Portland, but his candidacy and his supporters are confronting a new political dynamic that the progressive firebrand from Vermont helped create.

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Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will hold two presidential campaign events in Portland over Labor Day weekend.

Pete Buttigieg's campaign wasn't the only Democratic presidential one to target Maine Thursday.  Former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner addressed crowds in Portland on behalf of Bernie Sanders. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., addresses an audience during a rally Friday, March 31, 2017, in Boston.
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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is launching a cross-country tour in Maine.

The Vermont senator and National Committee Chairman Tom Perez will appear together on Monday in Maine, where Sanders won the Democratic presidential caucus. The 10-day tour will take them from Portland, Maine, to Florida and to Arizona, Montana and Nevada.

Sanders said the goal is to revitalize the Democratic Party and to fight the agenda of Republican President Donald Trump.

PORTLAND, Maine - Former presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez are kicking off a nationwide tour in Maine.

A rally is set for Monday evening at the State Theatre in Portland.

Sanders and Perez say they want to talk about growing a "stronger, grassroots'' Democratic Party that can take on Republican President Donald Trump and win elections.

Sanders told the Associated Press this week that Trump would be a one-term president because of his support for policies like the GOP health care bill.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will appear at Deering High School this evening for his second stump speech for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

The event is part of Sanders’ late 12-state blitz designed to ensure that progressive voters turnout on Election Day.

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren is on a similar cross-country swing. 

The two progressive firebrands are attempting to close an enthusiasm gap between Clinton and Donald Trump that's reflected in several national tracking polls.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

BANGOR, Maine - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders urged a crowd of several hundred people to unite behind Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton during a rally today in Bangor.

Fred Bever / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - Hundreds of people this morning stood in a line that stretched down Congress Street in Portland waiting to get into the State Theatre to see Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

This comes a day after Super Tuesday, in which Sanders won four states compared with Hillary Clinton's seven.

In July Sanders drew about 7,000 people to a rally at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. Today's venue is much smaller.

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PORTLAND, Maine - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is planning to host a rally in Portland Wednesday.  According to the Sanders campaign, the Vermont senator will appear at the State Theatre, in the city's downtown.

In an interview Monday with MPBN's Fred Bever, Sanders said he is contesting Maine "very strongly," and plans to remain in the race "to the end. We think we have an excellent chance to win Maine and we look forward to seeing our friends there."

In July, Sanders drew about 7,000 people to a rally at Portland's Cross Insurance Arena.

Mark Vogelzang / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — He's had unexpectedly large turnouts at recent rallies in Michigan and Iowa, and Monday night here was yet another example of how Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign is energizing voters.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has only been a candidate for president for less than 24 hours. But a coalition of progressive Maine Democrats and independents is already rallying around his campaign.