Sanders predicts Florida win during Tampa rally

- During a rally on Thursday night in Tampa, Bernie Sanders predicted a win in Florida's primary, a win that would surely stun the race for president.

"I think this place is starting to vibrate," he said. "I am getting the feeling that what we saw in Michigan, we are going to see here in Florida."

Like in Michigan, he is looking at 25-point poll deficits and an opponent who is well-funded and tapping into a statewide political network that her husband built during his own runs for president.

"The reason there is so much momentum for this campaign is that we are doing something pretty radical in American politics," he said. "We are telling the truth."

While he spent the evening hammering on college debt, money in politics and immigration reform, Hillary Clinton spent the morning in Ybor City trying to prove she learned the lessons of Michigan.

She tried to sharpen her economic message with local flavor.

"I know how important the port is to this city and the entire area," she said. "It supports 80,000 jobs. Good jobs."
Further, while her crowd was much smaller, she boasted her own enthusiastic supporters.

"I specifically became an American citizen so that I could vote for her," one said.

"She is the most competent candidate," said another. "That seals the deal for me."

Clinton also happens to have a large delegate lead that pundits argue will inevitably carry her to the nomination.

He didn't mention that Thursday night, but clearly believes there is no substitute for momentum.

"If there is a large voter turnout, we will win," said Sanders. "Lets make sure that there is a large voter turnout. Thank you all!"

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