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Bernie Sanders Live Stream Draws Crowd in Zephyrhills

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Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., spoke in Iowa Jan. 23.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders appeared before his constituents nationwide in a live stream broadcast Jan. 23. 

At Skydive City in Zephyrhills, more than 30 people gathered to watch the live stream. The event was hosted by general manager and co-owner David Hayes.

"[A Sanders victory] It's probably gonna increase my taxes and my payroll; it's gonna force me to pay higher wages to my employees," Hayes said. "And you know what? I'm OK with that."

The Sanders campaign has relied on grassroots organizers to build a constituency of progressive-minded liberals and conservatives. One member of the East Pasco Democratic Club, Don Higgs, praised Sanders' rhetoric for political involvement. 

Bernie Sanders Live Stream Draws Crowd in Zephyrhills
Don Higgs is a member of the East Pasco Democratic Club.

"So I've never been involved in a campaign -- ever --," Higgs said. "In fact, unfortunately, I didn't vote for 20 years. Bernie is just inspiring. He's very inspiring. I like how he talks; that he's not been bought. That what he's doing is for the middle class and the less-than middle class."

Recent polling data from Real Clear Politics and Politico suggest Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead in Florida with more than 60 percent of Democratic voters backing her. Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, has roughly 25 percent.