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Presidential candidate Sanders held second rally in Hartford on Monday

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Bernie Sanders rallies in Hartford on Monday morning. (WFSB) Bernie Sanders rallies in Hartford on Monday morning. (WFSB)
A crowd has started forming at the rally for Bernie Sanders in Hartford. (WFSB) A crowd has started forming at the rally for Bernie Sanders in Hartford. (WFSB)
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a rally in New Haven Sunday.  (WFSB photo) Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at a rally in New Haven Sunday. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders held a rally in Hartford on Monday morning ahead of Tuesday's primary.

Monday's stop was the second in as many days for the Vermont senator. On Sunday evening, Sanders held a rally on the New Haven Green to a crowd of more than 5,000 people.

Monday's event titled "A Future to Believe in Hartford Rally" was held at the Riverfront Amphitheater located at Riverfront Plaza off Columbus Boulevard on Monday morning.

"The reason we're doing so well is because we're telling the truth," Sanders said.

Sanders spoke to the crowd of about 2,500 people for more than an hour on a wide range of topics.

"What we're going to do together is create and economy which works for all of us, not just the one percent," Sanders said.

The presidential candidate began by talking about democracy coming under attack and elections being bought. He also discussed raising minimum wage.

"If you work 40 hours a week, you should not be living in poverty. We will raise minimum wage to $15 per hour," Sanders said. 

The Democratic presidential candidate discussed the usual topics of big bank breakups and free college education.

"We need to reward getting an education, not punish," Sanders said. 

But, Sanders played to the audience in Connecticut and spoke on mental health issues. He promised if he's president he'll push for more reform and advocated for "more treatment, more counselors."  He urged Gov. Dannel Malloy to rethink cuts to mental health services. 

"I understand that your governor has been cutting mental health treatment. We have to revolutionize mental health treatment in this country," Sanders said.  

Malloy's office refutes the claim and said funding is up 7.2 percent since fiscal year 2012.

Sanders didn't mention his stance on the Sandy Hook lawsuit against gun manufacturers. He's faced scrutiny for previously saying companies shouldn't be held responsible for the actions of their customers.  

The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows Sanders is down nearly 10 percent to Hillary Clinton.  Most national polls don't show a path to the nomination. He ended his rally by urging everyone here to join the political revolution he's trying to started.  

"A campaign, which was supposed to be a fringe campaign, we have now won the primaries and caucuses in 16 states throughout this country," Sanders said. 

Connecticut-born actor Justin Long was also in his home state making stops for Sanders. He will be at campaign events in New Haven and Bridgeport.  

Long will be at canvassing kickoff at the Bernie 2016 New Haven Field Office, which is located 845 Whalley Ave., around 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and supporters can RSVP here

The second event is at a rally at the University of Connecticut. It will be inside the Information Technology Engineering room C80 on the Storrs  campus around 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and supporters can RSVP here

All the events were free and open to the public.

His supporters held firm that even if he's not the nominee, the momentum seen on Monday proves that the issues he's raised will still be a force throughout the election.

"He still won because he got the message out to so many people and the message will keep going," Shaun Anderson, of Vernon, said.  

"Even if he doesn't win, but I think he will, he still started a revolution and I think that can last forever," Casey Kiefer, of Coventry, said. 

Hartford police warned drivers to be aware that Monday's event could cause some significant traffic issues for the morning commute.Police said they expected 2,500-5,000 to attend the rally. There was extra security and police in place for the event and to help assist with traffic starting at 6 a.m.

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