On the eve of Washington's caucuses, thousands of voters lined up here at a downtown baseball field to show their support for Bernie Sanders.
The Vermont senator is counting on a strong win here to start chipping away at the lead Hillary Clinton has built in the battle for the Democratic nomination.
Some waited outside for hours, thankful for the sunny skies that provided a respite from recent rainstorms. A few sat on the sidewalk to write messages of support on posters, and vendors hawked T-shirts and bottled water.
Ted Cruz called a tabloid story "garbage" Friday, labeling it part of a "smear" campaign planted by a top Donald Trump ally, as the GOP candidates face continued attacks over their personal lives.
Cruz's decision to respond to the story in the National Enquirer, which detailed allegations against him of extramarital affairs, showed an eagerness to push the conversation back to Trump. Cruz blamed Trump ally Roger Stone for the attack.
"This National Enquirer story is garbage; it is complete and utter lies," Cruz said during a campaign stop in Wisconsin. "It is a tabloid smear and it is a smear that has come from Donald Trump and his henchmen."
In between attending two Los Angeles-area fundraisers, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton railed against the laxness of campaign finance laws on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
"We have to raise money. I raise a lot of money at events and I raise a lot of money online, but there should not be these huge loopholes for corporations and billionaires to just put as much money as they want to and not even have to tell you who it comes from or really disclose very much at all,” Clinton told Kimmel, arguing that Citizens United, the Supreme Court decision that weakened campaign finance laws, must be overturned. "It is wrong."
Clinton's position was not new, but her statement occurred the same day that she headlined fundraisers in Santa Monica and Hollywood, and the same day Politico reported that a couple could buy seats at the head table at a Clinton Bay Area fundraiser next month alongside George and Amal Clooney by contributing or raising $353,400 for various Democratic groups.