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Wednesday, April 06, 2016 8:46 am

Nurses to campaign for Sanders at IPFW, Memorial Coliseum

Brian Francisco | The Journal Gazette

Nurses who support Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will be campaigning for him in Fort Wayne on Wednesday.

Members of National Nurses United will be on the IPFW campus about 5:30 p.m. and outside Memorial Coliseum about 6 p.m. to speak with people attending the Komets hockey match with Quad City.

The nurses will be riding a red bus called #BernieBus. At IPFW, they plan to talk with students about Sanders' proposal for free tuition at public universities and colleges, according to a news release.

National Nurses United says it is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States, with nearly 185,000 members.

Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, defeated Hillary Clinton in Wednesday's Wisconsin Democratic presidential primary election. Clinton, the former secretary of state, senator and first lady, still leads the pledged delegate count, 1,748-1,058, with 2,382 delegates required to win the Democratic nomination.

Eighty-three pledged delegates will be at stake in Indiana's May 3 primary. Seven other states, including delegate-rich New York and Pennsylvania, will have primaries ahead of Indiana's.