Bernie Sanders sets up campaign office in Scranton
With election day just over a month away, Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign team will open up an office in Scranton on Tuesday.
Scranton has a predominantly working class population of 76,000. It was a coal boomtown for the first half of the 20th century, and it took a dive with the industry's postwar decline. Census figures from 2010 show that 15 percent of the city lives below the poverty line. Its regional unemployment rate hovered around 6 percent last month, two points higher than the statewide median.
Sanders has been picking up some local momentum, according to campaign finance figures. In February, he brought in over $450,000 in contributions across the Keystone State, slightly high than his Democratic rival and frontrunner Hillary Clinton at $430,000. With regard to total campaign fundraising, however, Clinton has raised almost three times his funds — $3.2 million to Sanders' $1.1 million.
AL DÍA has requested comment from Sanders' Pennsylvania campaign team.