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    Showdown in Milwaukee? Sanders Urges Supporters to Avoid Trump Event

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    A showdown may be brewing in Milwaukee as the two presidential candidates with the most vocal and outspoken supporters, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, hold side-by-side rallies in Wisconsin on the eve of the state’s primary.

    The Sanders campaign has urged supporters of the Senator to avoid the Trump rally, as the followers of each campaign have notoriously clashed. Just last month, Trump canceled a rally in Chicago when it was flooded with protesters, many of whom support Sanders. In response, the Republican frontrunner posted to his Twitter account: “be careful Bernie, or my supporters will go to yours.”

    The rally for Vermont Senator Sanders is taking place at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, with a 19,000-seat capacity. The venue is nearly five times larger than the 4,000 seat Milwaukee Theater booked by Trump. Both events are set to begin at 7:00 PM local time — and are directly across the street from one another.

    “It’s a free country with First Amendment rights, and certainly Donald Trump has said some things that you can understand people would disagree with, and make a point of disagreeing with him on,” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs told the Guardian at a rally in Madison on Sunday. “But from our standpoint, the best way to direct those energies and all that enthusiasm tomorrow night is to come out and root for Bernie.”

    Sanders is currently polling ahead of Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, and if he emerges victorious on Tuesday it will be his sixth consecutive state win, keeping momentum in his favor.

    The GOP frontrunner is expected to lose Wisconsin, as rival Ted Cruz has led Trump in all polls in the state for the past week, in some by as many as 10 percentage points.

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