This is the Democratic presidential candidate’s second visit to the state this week, just ahead of Saturday’s Washington caucuses.

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will return to Washington state this week — scheduling rallies Thursday in Yakima and Friday at Safeco Field in Seattle.

Sanders, who drew big crowds to recent rallies in Seattle, Vancouver and Spokane, will return to his largest Washington venue yet in Friday’s Safeco rally.

The ballpark will open at 4 p.m. for the event, with speeches to start later in the evening, the Sanders campaign announced in a news release Tuesday night.

While attendance at the event is free and open to the public, the campaign urged online RSVPs.

Sanders first will look to Central Washington, with Thursday’s rally scheduled at the Yakima Valley SunDome at State Fair Park.

Doors for the Yakima event will open at 4 p.m., and online RSVPs also are requested.

The Vermont senator is vying with former secretary of state Hillary Clinton in Washington’s Democratic caucuses Saturday.

The caucuses will determine how Sanders and Clinton will divide up 101 delegates in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton has amassed a big delegate lead, but Sanders is hoping to make up ground here.

Clinton campaigned in Washington on Tuesday, speaking to union workers at the Everett Machinists union hall and later meeting with tribal leaders in Puyallup and holding a nightime Seattle rally at Rainier Beach High School.