UPDATE: Bernie Sanders energizes crowd in Huntington

Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 10:04 AM EDT
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UPDATE 4/26/16 @ 11 p.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Thousands packed the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington on Tuesday night to hear Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

During his one-hour speech, Sanders shared his talking points with the energetic crowd.

"We are going to create an economy that protects the needs of our workers, our children, our seniors, our veterans -- all of the people of this country and not just the one (wealthiest) percent," Sanders said.

At one point the crowd chanted a variation of the "We are Marshall" cheer, replacing "Marshal" with "feeling the Bern."

Applause broke out when he talked about how he wants to implement free tuition at public colleges and universal healthcare. Sanders also talked about wanting to transform the energy system in America.

Sanders talked about how he wants to change the energy system in America and is opposed to fossil fuels because of climate change. It's a position that's not popular in coal mining communities in West Virginia, but Sanders says they won't leave those who lose their jobs behind.

"We have a moral obligation to make certain that those people who may lose their jobs get new jobs," Sanders said.

Among those gathered was Suzanne Strait, who said Sanders has a different vision than the other candidates.

“I think he can do a lot, because a lot has been going on here has not been working and getting worse,” Strait said. “So we have to, as he says, think outside the box and try some of these new ideas he has to get people back to work.”

Sanders said in states with a high voter turnout, he wins.

ORIGINAL STORY 4/26/16 @ 10:04 a.m.

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- With primary elections taking place in other states, democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is heading to West Virginia for a rally.

The U.S. senator from Vermont will speak in Huntington on Tuesday evening at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Doors are expected to open at 5:30 p.m. and the event is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m.

Sanders plans to discuss a wide range of issues, including getting big money out of politics, his plan to make public colleges and universities tuition-free, climate change and universal healthcare.

The rally is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first serve.

At stake Tuesday are 384 delegates in primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

His Democratic competition, Hillary Clinton, can't win enough delegates Tuesday to knock Sanders out officially, but she can erase any lingering doubts that she will soon be the nominee.

West Virginia's primary election is May 10.