“There are a lot of people here tonight!” Bernie Sanders shouted to an estimated 27,000 people in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park on Wednesday, ahead of New York’s presidential primary Tuesday.

The Guardian reports:

From his perch in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, a liberal neighborhood filled with college students, Sanders eviscerated the big banks of Wall Street and the “billionaire class”, many of whose residences overlook New York’s Central Park.

Yet Sanders’s speech was imbued with a sense of urgency ahead of next week’s crucial primary. Polls consistently show Clinton beating him by double digits in her adopted home state. A blowout here would cripple his chances of catching up to Clinton’s more than 200-delegate lead, and even a win may not be enough.

“This is a tough race for us,” Sanders acknowledged at the end of his speech. “But you know what I think? When I look out at the thousands of people who are here tonight, the thousands of people we saw in Buffalo and Syracuse and Rochester, I think we’ve got a surprise for the establishment.”

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—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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