Hillary Clinton visits WMass to raise money for presidential campaign

Rival Bernie Sanders will be in Springfield on Saturday

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP)- Hillary Clinton came to western Massachusetts Thursday to raise money for her presidential campaign.

The Democratic front-runner has taken in about $28 million for her campaign in the last three months traveling around the nation to fundraisers hosted by big donors.

Hillary Clinton supporters stood in line Thursday morning to see their candidate and donate to her presidential campaign.

Darlene Kurman, of West Springfield said, “I like Hillary’s message so I thought I want to come see her in person. It’s not often we in western Mass get to enjoy these things.”

Tickets to the “Conversation with Hillary” fundraiser at the Delaney House in Holyoke ranged from $500 to $2,700, but supporters that couldn’t afford that stood outside idly without catching a glimpse.

Some people including Sarah Richmond, of Newtown, brought their families to the political event. “She talked about brining back jobs to America and helping small businesses. She talked about equal pay for women, which I am a big fan of,” Richmond said.

Clinton’s motorcade rushed her to Boston where she discussed the opioid crisis afterward.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse told 22News, “The fact that Secretary Clinton continues to talk about Opioid abuse and drug addiction. We need to tackle those issues here in Holyoke and in western Mass and frankly all across Massachusetts.”

With the Democratic race for the 2016 nomination tightening Clinton is trying to re-establish support in the Northeast.

Former Congressman John Olver said, “I think that she would define making America Great by looking forward rather than looking back.”

Clinton won the majority of Massachusetts voters over President Barrack Obama in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary.

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has yet to make an endorsement, and some political analysts say it could sway which candidate wins the liberals in Massachusetts.

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