Sanders tries to sway key Super Tues. voters

Posted at 9:28 PM, Feb 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-25 07:41:02-05

Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop in Tulsa Wednesday with thousands of supporters waiting to greet him.

Oklahoma is proving to be an unlikely battleground for the democratic candidates this year. Eleven states head to the polls on Super Tuesday. Hillary Clinton is hoping to win the six states to the south while Sanders is aiming for four to the north. That's putting the spotlight on the Sooner State.

Sanders' stump speech seemed to resonate with supporters in Tulsa.

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"We are listening to workers in Oklahoma and all across this country who are telling us they cannot make it on 9 or 10 bucks an hour," Sanders said.

Sanders spent much of his time speaking about income inequality, health care, education and criminal justice reform.

"There has been a massive transfer of wealth from the pockets working people into the hands of the top one tenth of one percent."

His focus on the middle class was a key reason many attendees said they're supporting him.

"Bernie Sanders shares my world view. I believe Bernie is for all people," said Sanders supporter Ty Clark.

"I think he's a great fit. I think that a lot of his ideas will definitely benefit Oklahoma," said Pierce Lakes, another Sanders rally attended.

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Oklahoma is one of only a handful of states where the Sanders campaign is buying television advertising time. Though it only has 38 delegates up for grabs, the Sooner state could prove a moral victory– a win for Sanders could stop a sweep by Clinton on March 1 and help dampen momentum from her win in Nevada.

"We can win here in Oklahoma and a win here is the path to victory nationally," Sanders said.

A Sanders campaign official said 6,400 people made it into the event with several hundred outside unable to fit inside the Cox Business Center.

NBC News contributed to this report.

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