Austin (KXAN) — Following Senator Bernie Sanders’ victory in the Nevada caucus this weekend, the presidential hopeful held a rally in Austin Sunday. The rally featured promises from the Vermont senator to make executive orders at the start of his presidency if elected which would make sweeping changes such as legalizing marijuana and restoring the legal status of DACA recipients.
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to a crowd in Austin. (KXAN Photo/ Alyssa Goard).
The Austin rally also featured a surprise guest: former 2020 presidential candidate Marianne Williamson who offered her endorsement for Sanders. Williamson dropped out of the race in January.
Lots of people were in attendance at this Austin rally, the Sanders campaign says they worked with Cerberus Security to counted 12,718 people in the crowd Sunday evening.
The rally was at Vic Matthias Shores, the same site where Senator Elizabeth Warren held a campaign rally in September and where then-Texas Senatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke held a rally a year prior.
Sanders’ success in Nevada has had some including FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver suggesting that “Sanders is easily the most likely Democrat to win the nomination.”
But there is still more political work to be done before that determination can be made. Fourteen states including Texas will vote on Super Tuesday, March 3, offering a chance for the candidates to add to their delegate totals.
Sanders has focused considerable energy on Texas this week, launching a set of rallies across the state. Saturday, Sanders held a rally in El Paso at the Abraham Chavez Theatre. Before speaking in front of about 1500 supporters, he visited a memorial for the victims of the Aug. 3 shooting that left 22 dead.
Next, he went to San Antonio at the Cowboys Dance Hall on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, Sanders traveled to Houston for a rally at the