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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont made stops in Orangeburg and Denmark on May 18, 2019.

Orangeburg County residents may be seeing plenty of Bernie 2020 campaign paraphernalia this Friday and Saturday, but they are not expected to see the presidential candidate himself.

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Although Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders will not be in Orangeburg, the Vermont U.S. senator will have campaign officials on the ground conveying his campaign message via the Bernie 2020 Community Canvass.

The campaign event will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, starting at 396 Saint Paul St., and involves campaign members going door to door in the Orangeburg community to talk to voters.

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“We will talk to our neighbors and have the conversations that matter in an election that is as important as this one,” Sanders’ campaign said via press release.

Efforts similar to Sanders’ may become a common occurrence in Orangeburg and around the state.

Citizens should expect to see a rise in visibility of 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns as candidates have begun to beef up the number of staffers and paid organizers in South Carolina.

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The increase in statewide staff for the candidates is due to the nearing date of the Feb. 29 South Carolina Democratic primary, the fourth nationally and first in the South.

According to a report by The Post and Courier of Charleston, there are nearly 200 paid staff members in South Carolina working for several candidates.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, who has campaigned in Orangeburg several times, leads all candidates with 49 paid staff.

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Sanders has 35 campaign staffers.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who recently campaigned in Orangeburg, expects to have 35 staff members by the end of July, according to The Post and Courier.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, who held a CNN Town Hall event at Stevenson Auditorium, has 22 paid staffers in the state. Booker opened an office in May, just before he delivered the commencement speech at South Carolina State University.

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South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who campaigned in Orangeburg two months ago, has 15 campaign staff members.

Candidate Beto O’Rourke, who is also on the list of candidates to campaign in Orangeburg, has over nine staff members, The Post and Courier reported.

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Bradley Harris is a Government and Sports Reporter. The Irmo, SC native is a 2018 graduate of Claflin University and recipient of the 2018 South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Journalist of the Year Award.

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