Warren says 12,000 attended St. Paul rally

Warren says 12,000 attended St. Paul rally
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Sen Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Memo: Trump ratchets up Twitter turmoil Hillicon Valley: Twitter flags Trump tweet for 'glorifying violence' | Cruz calls for criminal investigation into Twitter over alleged sanctions violations | Senators urge FTC to investigate TikTok child privacy issues Warren condemns 'horrific' Trump tweet on Minneapolis protests, other senators chime in MORE's (D-Mass.) presidential campaign said 12,000 people attended her first rally in Minnesota Monday.

The rally at Macalester College in St. Paul was the first of two stops Warren made as she kicked off her campaign in the state. On Tuesday morning Warren held a criminal justice reform round table in Minneapolis. 

It was set to be a question-and-answer session, but Warren said "that's a little tricky with 12,000 people," according to a recording of her speech shared by WCCO, a local CBS affiliate.  

Warren’s political director Rebecca Pearcey also tweeted that 12,000 people came out to Monday’s event, including a photo of the packed field.

Local reports did not place the figure at 12,000, but reported that thousands attended. Among them was a Warren look-a-like who took a picture with the White House hopeful, the StarTribune reported

Supporters began filling the college field more than two hours before Warren arrived, Minnesota Public Radio News reports. 

St. Paul resident Sarah Shapley-Melting told WCCO she took off work early “because I really want to be able to see her.” 

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The Hill reached out to the Warren campaign and Macalester College for crowd size estimates. 

Warren has risen to the top tier of the crowded primary field. A RealClearPolitics average of polls has her in second at 15.8 percent, virtually neck and neck with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe battle of two Cubas Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Ro Khanna Democrats gear up to hit GOP senators on DACA MORE (I-Vt.), at 15.4 percent. 

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump campaign launches Asian Pacific Americans coalition Biden: 'More than one African American woman' being considered for VP Liberal group asks Klobuchar to remove herself from VP consideration because of prosecutorial record MORE leads Warren by 13.2 points, based on the RealClearPolitics average.