Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJane Fonda lashes out at GOP energy policies, praises Green New Deal Bannon on Republican party: ‘We’ve got to find our AOCs’ Labour’s loss should tell Democrats not to tack too far to the left MORE (D-N.Y.), one of the top surrogates for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersConservative commentator: Sanders is ‘only one’ who could take on Trump in debates Hillicon Valley: Election security funding gets mixed response | Facebook tests community fact checking | Lawmakers look to block Chinese pick for IP organization | Secret court judge rebukes FBI over surveillance warrants Booker will not appear on primary ballot in Vermont MORE‘s (I-Vt.) White House campaign, will host a town hall in Spanish in Nevada this weekend.
Ocasio-Cortez will host the event, named “Unidos Con Bernie Reunion Politica con Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” in Las Vegas on Sunday in her first trip for Sanders to the early voting state.
The New York progressive will deliver a keynote address followed by a panel on Sanders’s “agenda to create a political revolution and transform our country so it works for all of us,” the campaign announced Wednesday.
Nevada is home to the third nominating contest of the 2020 primary cycle and is considered a barometer for Democrats’ appeals to Hispanic voters with its largely Latino primary electorate.
Ocasio-Cortez burst onto the scene after dispatching a member of the House Democratic leadership in her House primary last year. She has since amassed a gargantuan social media following and staunch support from progressive groups that have caused headaches among establishment Democrats by supporting primary challenges against members deemed not liberal enough.
“I’m proud to say the only reason I had any hope in launching a long-shot campaign for Congress is because Bernie Sanders proved you can run a grassroots campaign and win in an America where we almost thought it was impossible,” Ocasio-Cortez said in October at a speech that Sanders said was attended by roughly 25,000 people.
The Vermont independent has deployed Ocasio-Cortez on several campaign trips since she announced her endorsement as he seeks to assert his hold on the progressive wing of the party against Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenConservative commentator: Sanders is ‘only one’ who could take on Trump in debates Hillicon Valley: Election security funding gets mixed response | Facebook tests community fact checking | Lawmakers look to block Chinese pick for IP organization | Secret court judge rebukes FBI over surveillance warrants Saagar Enjeti rips Booker’s petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications MORE (D-Mass.).
Sanders is hoping to put up a strong showing in Nevada, where his appeal to Hispanics and the state’s caucus format are expected to boost his support there. However, he trails former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse panel sets guidelines for historic impeachment vote Schumer on Trump’s Pelosi letter: ‘He’s obviously under a great deal of duress’ Pelosi calls Trump impeachment letter ‘ridiculous’ and ‘really sick’ MORE by about 9 points in the Real Clear Politics average of the polls there.