HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The primary results in the City of Holyoke are a fairly close reflection of what happened across the state; the Democratic presidential primary between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was extremely tight. In Holyoke alone, Clinton received 3,148 votes to 3,110 for Sanders, a margin of only 38 votes.
NBC News projected Donald Trump the winner of the Republican primary as polls closed at 8:00 p.m., and before any votes were even counted. That is not the case with Democratic race, where Clinton maintained a very slight lead throughout the night, and not claiming victory until hours after the polls closed.
Clinton won in Georgia, Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and Texas, while Sanders won his home state of Vermont as well as Oklahoma, Minnesota and Colorado. Clinton and her allies have already shifted some attention to Donald Trump
Supporters of both Clinton and Sanders came together at Brennan’s Place in Holyoke Tuesday night for what they called a “Democratic Unity” event. State Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke) said that as close as the race may be, he likes the position that Democrats find themselves in right now.
“I think one of the biggest differences is that we’re in a position in the Democratic Party where we have two great candidates, so it’s never about the lesser of any evil. Thankfully we’re not the Republican Party right now, because I think there are some difficult choices over there, but I think we have two great candidates. There are good conversations about where the party wants to go,” Vega said.
There were 116 delegates up for grabs for Democrats in Massachusetts, and it’s not winner take all, so Clinton and Sanders are both sure to get a share.