More than 2,000 people attended a rally in Coralville, Iowa, on Sunday for Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, according to a tweet from his campaign spokesman Sean Savett.
The Coralville Fire Department confirmed the number, although it said the 2,008 attending the event included staff, the media and volunteers, The Hill reported.
In a fundraising email to his backers, Buttigieg wrote it was one of the campaign's "largest rallies yet," stressing that "Everywhere we go, I see the momentum building for this campaign. Because everywhere I go, there are Americans looking for a new approach to unifying our country with hope and urgency."
Savett also posted other items on Twitter showing that additional Buttigieg rallies over the weekend topped 1,000 in attendance.
Blake Reinken, a regional organizing director for Buttigieg’s campaign, sent a tweet that a Sunday morning crowd of 400 in Washington, Iowa, broke local records, with a former local mayor claiming it was the largest crowd she had seen in her lifetime.
According to RealClearPolitics, Buttigieg leads in Iowa with 24 percent. Sen. Bernie Sanders is in second place at 18.3 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 17.7 percent and former Vice President Joe Biden at 16.3 percent.
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