Bernie Sanders draws biggest crowd at Portland rally

Updated 11:21 AM EDT, Mon August 10, 2015
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Bernie Sanders held a rally in Portland, Oregon, which featured the largest crowd so far of any single 2016 candidate

The event came just a day after protestors interrupted a rally he had in Seattle

Sanders is now featuring security at his rallies, and protestors were unable to interrupt his Sunday event

(CNN) —  

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders drew more than 19,000 people to an NBA arena on Sunday night in Portland, Oregon, setting the record for the largest political event of the 2016 presidential contest.

The Democratic candidate has drawn large crowds nearly everywhere he has gone, so much so that Sanders’ campaign has started to be defined by their turnout figures. Sanders’ staff has also proudly touted the numbers as proof that their campaign is catching fire nationally, though Sanders’ largest rallies have typically been in liberal enclaves such as Madison, Wisconsin, and Sunday’s Pacific Northwest events fit that description.

“Whoa,” Sanders said as he walked on stage in Portland. “This is an unbelievable turnout.”