Sanders set for multistate midterm campaign trip with notable stops in Iowa, Nevada

Sanders set for multistate midterm campaign trip with notable stops in Iowa, Nevada
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Top aide Jeff Weaver lays out Sanders's path to victory MORE (I-Vt.) will hit the campaign trail for a nine-day trip next week to drum up support for Democrats heading into November's midterms.

The trip will include stops in several states that would be crucial to a successful bid for the party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

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The itinerary, which was shared with The Washington Post by a Sanders aide, includes multiple stops in Iowa, South Carolina and Nevada, all states with early primaries or caucuses in the presidential primary.

Sanders finished second to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump Republicans plot comeback in New Jersey MORE in all three of those contests in the 2016 cycle but came particularly close in Iowa.

Sanders will try to boost Democrats in relatively competitive Senate races in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Arizona while potentially laying the framework to try to win back those states in a potential campaign of his own. Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as fellow Rust Belt state Pennsylvania, voted for the Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential election, the first time those states went red since the 1980s.

Sanders also is planning to travel to Colorado and California.

The trip is intended to boost Senate and House candidates as well as gubernatorial hopefuls. 

The independent senator, who ignited a rise in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party with his 2016 bid, is facing pressure to throw his hat back into the ring again in 2020. He is also up for reelection this year, but his race is not considered competitive. 

Sanders would likely be joining a crowded Democratic field should he seek the party’s nomination in 2020, and he is not the first to make notable visits to important primary states.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Hill Reporter Rafael Bernal: Biden tries to salvage Latino Support Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report MORE has made trips to Iowa, Florida, South Carolina and a handful of other states. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTop Sanders adviser: Warren isn't competing for 'same pool of voters' Eight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall In shift, top CEOs say shareholder value not top goal MORE (D-Mass.) has visited Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report F-bombs away: Why lawmakers are cursing now more than ever MORE (D-N.J.) has visited Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE (D-Calif.) has made trips to Florida, Virginia and Ohio. 

The Democratic field will likely see a double-digit number of candidates seeking to please the rebellious progressive wing of the party and prove their anti-Trump bona fides, but also retake longtime Democratic strongholds that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016 such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. 

Sanders could potentially have an edge over his would-be competitors as the original darling of the progressive wing and by boosting 2016 primary and caucus results that had him competitive in several states that ended up flipping from blue to red in the general election.

Sanders's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.