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FILE PHOTO:  Beto O’Rourke talks with reporters. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

(State College) — Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke is making a presidential primary campaign stop in State College on his way from Ohio to the early voting state of New Hampshire.

The Democrat is slated to appear this morning at Penn State’s Hetzel Union Building for a meet-and-greet at the center of student activity at the school.

After narrowly losing to a Senate bid in November, O’Rourke is garnering larger crowds and more media attention than most others in the already crowded 2020 Democratic field.

He is at least the third in the Democratic presidential primary mix to show up in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania is one of the latest primary states and historically gets less early attention from candidates.

But it also has the sixth-most delegates, which makes it a prize late in the nominating race.