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.