Hillary Clinton may be the biggest frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination ever, but when it comes to drawing a crowd of supporters, Bernie Sanders is the real winner.
Sanders, a 73-year-old self-proclaimed democratic socialist who has been called an "unlikely" progressive alternative to Clinton, packed Madison's Alliant Energy Center with nearly 10,000 people this week.
"Tonight, we have more people at any meeting for a candidate of president of the United States than any other candidate," Sanders said while addressing the boisterous crowd. "Tonight, we have more people at any meeting for a candidate of president of the United States than any other candidate."
As it turned out, it wasn’t a hyperbole. The venue reportedly seats 10,231 people and according to reporters covering the event, it was mostly full for the event.
In fact, not only was this the biggest rally to date for a progressive presidential candidate, it could possibly be the largest out of the entire 2016 cycle since Clinton's campaign launch was attended by almost 5,500 people on New York's Roosevelt Island while Jeb Bush’s drew 3,000 supporters in Miami.
The largest crowd of any candidate in either party, Bernie Sanders declares. pic.twitter.com/1uFeR1Cs42— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) July 2, 2015
Sanders calls for a political revolution in Madison. pic.twitter.com/L5ZIztpHFH— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 2, 2015
Bernie Sanders has been running for president for two months, but it appears only after the rally in Madison that his campaign got real. According to a recent CNN/WMUR New Hampshire Primary poll, "Clinton holds an 8-point edge over Sanders, with 43 percent behind Clinton and 35 percent backing Sanders. Vice President Joe Biden clocked in at 8 percent, with 2 percent or less supporting Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee."