Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally

Buttigieg campaign says 2000 people attended Iowa rally
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Democratic presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE drew a crowd of 2,000 people to his Sunday rally in Iowa, his campaign said. 

The supporters filled an event space in Coralville, campaign spokesperson Sean Savett told The Hill, citing the Coralville Fire Department.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., called the event one of the campaign's "largest rallies yet" in a fundraising email to supporters Sunday. 

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"Everywhere we go, I see the momentum building for this campaign. Because everywhere I go, there are Americans looking for a new approach to unifying our country with hope and urgency," he wrote. 

Coralville Fire Department assistant chief Nic Pruter confirmed 2,008 people, including staff, press and volunteers, were at the event.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes MORE’s (I-Vt.) campaign estimated 2,000 people attended the senator’s campaign rally with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Energy: Court upholds Trump repeal of Obama fracking rule | Oil price drop threatens fracking boom | EPA eases rules on gasoline sales amid coronavirus Ocasio-Cortez blasts coronavirus stimulus package as 'shameful' on House floor Oil price drop threatens US fracking boom MORE (D-N.Y.) in the same venue, the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, last month. 

In addition to the crowd at the Coralville rally, Savett said Buttigieg had “huge Iowa crowds” over the weekend during other stops on the trail. 

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Savett touted Buttigieg’s crowd sizes at two Saturday town halls, including 1,050 people in Mount Vernon and 1,000 people in Davenport. 

A smaller crowd of 400 in Washington, Iowa at a Sunday morning town hall broke local records, Savett said. The former local mayor said it was the largest crowd she’d seen in her lifetime, Blake Reinken, a regional organizing director for the Buttigieg campaign tweeted

The large crowds come as Buttigieg has shot ahead of the field in Iowa polls. 

A RealClearPolitics average of Iowa polls has Buttigieg at 24 percent support, giving him a 5.7 point lead over Sanders. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Biden faces pesky enthusiasm challenge despite big primary numbers MORE (D-Mass.) trails in third at 17.7 percent, followed by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll The Memo: Political world grapples with long coronavirus shutdown The Hill's Campaign Report: North Carolina emerges as key battleground for Senate control MORE at 16.3 percent, according to the average of polls.