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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren holds town hall in San Diego

Posted at 8:06 AM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-03 20:27:36-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is holding a town hall in San Diego Thursday in her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Warren is making her first visit to San Diego County since formally launching her campaign in February. After being dogged by a controversy over her heritage early in her campaign, Warren has steadily climbed in the race and has separated herself from the rest of the field along with former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Her visit comes shortly after a Los Angeles Times and UC Berkeley poll from Sept. 13-18 found that 29% of likely voters in California support her, with Biden in second at 20% and Sanders in third at 19%. Several polls have also found Warren leading in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two states to vote in the primary.

Other polls have found Warren and Sanders within a few points of Biden in California while other prominent candidates like Sen. Kamala Harris have fallen to single digits. Warren, Biden, Sanders and Harris are part of a candidate field of roughly 20 Democrats that also includes South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang and former El Paso, Texas, Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

Warren's town hall is being held at Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego. The event is expected to begin at 7 p.m.