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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is planning a campaign rally Wednesday evening at Michigan State University’s Breslin Center to kick off the final week before Michigan’s March 8 primary.

Doors open for the rally at 4 p.m. The Sanders campaign is encouraging advance online registration for people to secure a ticket for the 14,759-seat venue.

The Vermont senator filled Eastern Michigan University’s basketball arena on Feb. 15 with a crowd of 9,300 supporters. His campaign promises of free public college tuition and marijuana legalization has drawn swarms of college students to campaign rallies.

Sanders, a political independent who votes with Democrats in the U.S. Senate, is going head-to-head against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

He was in Flint Thursday for a smaller event attended by 350 people who packed inside a church for a forum on the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis.

Sanders and Clinton will face off in a televised debate March 6 at the University of Michigan-Flint’s Whiting Auditorium. The debate is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

The Democratic National Committee has not announced how to get tickets to attend the debate in Flint.

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