Sen. Sanders holds campaign rally in Mott Haven

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, visited the Bronx Thursday to campaign ahead of New York's April 19 primary

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images

US Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses a campaign rally at the Saint Mary's Park in Bronx, New York,on March 31, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images (3/31/16)

THE BRONX - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, visited the Bronx Thursday to campaign ahead of New York's April 19 primary elections.

Thousands of Sanders supporters packed St. Mary's Park in Mott Haven for a campaign rally.

Actress Rosario Dawson, filmmaker Spike Lee and the Puerto Rican, Grammy Award-winning singer Residente took the stage in turns before introducing Sanders, who repeated his call for a "political revolution."

Many participants held signs and shouted support for the candidate's stances on immigration, income inequality and higher minimum wages — all issues that residents of the South Bronx say are pertinent to them.

Sanders' main focus, however, was to encourage people to turn out and vote. He also mentioned his opponent for the Democratic nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Experts say Sanders, who is originally from Brooklyn, is visiting the Bronx to try and improve his standing among minority voters.

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