SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 7 candidates, 12 states, and nearly 600 delegates are up for grabs. “Super Tuesday” is the biggest decision day of the presidential campaign so far.
It was a steady stream of voters throughout the day at the Frederick Harris School in Springfield. The majority of those 22News spoke with are predominantly Democrat.
For the Democrats, it’s Hillary Clinton versus Bernie Sanders, with 116 delegates up for grabs in the Commonwealth. Both have been making stops in western Massachusetts throughout their campaigns.
The millennials have mostly expressed interest in Sanders; the baby boomers in Clinton. Both candidates have been vying for the voters that were split on who to go with.
“So far I’ve really liked the message that Bernie has put out. I used to be a Republican, I am now Democrat. If I was a Republican I would go for Ted Cruz, but since I’m a Democrat, I can’t quite see Hillary in the oval office. I’d like to see Bernie there,” said one voter.
Sanders has been focusing on attracting the younger voters. Stephania Smith of Springfield told 22News, “He puts a lot of focus on education. He also puts a lot of focus on future social issues that I think are important to younger people.”
Hillary Clinton supporters have told 22News she has more experience and they feel more comfortable with her making decisions having served as Secretary of State. However, Sanders also has a long track record as the Senator across the state line that has invested time in issues to this area.
Hillary Clinton led the Suffolk University survey going into Tuesday, with support in Massachusetts at 50% compared to Bernie Sanders at 42%. There are over 50,000 registered democrats in Springfield, but it’s the 30,000 unregistered voters that could sway the outcome.
Issues that Democrats are taking into consideration largely are immigration, taxes, and college loans.