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Bernie Sanders making a Valentine’s Day stop in Mesquite

Bernie Sanders will hold a Valentine’s Day rally Friday at the Mesquite Arena, his first Dallas County visit since he launched his 2020 primary campaign for president.

Doors for the Vermont senator’s event will open at 6 p.m. He has no other Texas stops scheduled, but will make two stops in North Carolina earlier in the day.

Sanders has shot past former Vice President Joe Biden in recent polls, though he still trails him in the race for Texas. Since last week’s Iowa caucuses, Sanders has overtaken Biden to become the top choice of Democrats nationwide. In a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday, he leads Biden 25%-17%. Monmouth University Poll released Tuesday has the spread at 26%-16%, with Sanders inching up and Biden plummeting from 30% before Iowa.

poll by The Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler completed at the end of January showed Biden leading Sanders in the Lone Star State by a 35% to 18% margin.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) has increased his lead in Texas' Democratic presidential contest since two statewide polls that the University of Texas at Tyler conducted last fall. In this month's survey, jointly sponsored by The Dallas Morning News and UT-Tyler, Biden is the first choice of 35% of Democrats or independents who lean Democratic. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is second with 18%.

The News’ poll was released before the Iowa caucuses, where Sanders won the most votes and nearly tied with South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in delegates. Sanders is expected to do well in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

Friday’s visit will be the ninth event Sanders has done in the state, with most of those stops being in the Houston area. It comes as Texas voters prepare to head to the polls next week. Early voting starts Tuesday and the primary will be March 3.

A Democratic presidential debate in Houston brought a bevy of White House contenders to Texas in September 2019. (Photo by Robyn BECK / AFP)ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
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