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Hillary Clinton to hold Pittsburgh rally April 6

Scott Brown
| Friday, April 1, 2016 12:09 p.m
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to the audience as she takes the stage during a campaign rally at State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase in Westchester County, New York, March 31, 2016.
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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz poses with supporters before speaking at the PA Leadership Conference outside Harrisburg on Friday afternoon, April 1, 2016.
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Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz shakes hands on his way into the PA Leadership Conference outside Harrisburg on Friday afternoon, April 1, 2016.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton will be the second major-party presidential candidate to visit the Steel City when she holds a rally in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Her campaign said Friday that Clinton would “discuss her plans to break down the barriers that hold Americans back.” It did not say where the rally will be held or give a time.

Her rival for the nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, drew about 8,000 to a rally in Pittsburgh on Thursday, making him the first candidate of either party to appear in public here in the run-up to the state’s primary April 26.

Clinton, a former first lady, secretary of State and U.S. senator, has a presence in Pittsburgh. She set up her first Pennsylvania campaign office in the city last week on East Liberty’s North Highland Avenue.

Her campaign has held multiple fundraisers in the area, including a private event at the Fox Chapel home of Cindy Shapira in July that drew about 150 guests who each contributed a minimum of $1,000. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton, raised at least $50,000 for her campaign in December when he delivered a half-hour speech and schmoozed with donors at Consol Energy Center’s Lexus Club.

Bill Clinton carried Pennsylvania in both of his presidential runs in the 1990s, and Hillary Clinton defeated President Obama by 9 percentage points in Pennsylvania’s 2008 Democratic primary.

Long considered the Democrats’ presumptive nominee, Clinton finds herself locked in a tightening battle with Sanders. She’s lost five of the past six primary contests and trails in the polls in Wisconsin, which will hold its primary Tuesday.

Clinton is leading Sanders by 25 percentage points in Pennsylvania, a Franklin & Marshall College poll released last week showed.

Clinton maintains a sizable lead overall with 1,712 pledged delegates and superdelegates, 671 short of what’s needed to secure the Democratic nomination. Sanders has 1,011 delegates.

Tom Fontaine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-320-7847 or

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