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Is Bernie Sanders going to skydive into his rally tonight?

Bernie Sanders might be skydiving into his rally in Cloverdale, California, this evening — and no, this is not a drill. Apparently Sanders' staffers told the president of NorCal Skydiving, Jimmy Halliday, that the 74-year-old candidate is being offered a chance to enter the rally at the Cloverdale Municipal Airport in a rather unprecedented fashion.

"I've been told they will run the idea by Bernie. I can't confirm that's the plan. I know that's a possibility," Halliday told The Press Democrat.

Halliday offered that if Sanders does end up skydiving into the rally, "I will personally take him." Halliday has already done a tandem jump with a Sanders campaign team member, and it all went well.

Michael Morrissey, who manages the Cloverdale airport, also reported that the rumors sound like they could be true. Sanders "is supposed to make a grand entrance," he confirmed.

The rally is set to begin at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Update 12:49 p.m.: A Sanders spokesperson told The Atlantic that "No, the senator will not be skydiving into the rally today," despite earlier rumors.