SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The purpose of the Democratic National Convention is to unite the party around its presidential nominee, but with many Democrats pledged to Bernie Sanders, 22News found out how that could impact the November election.
“They all are going to end up voting for Hillary. Come on man. You think any of those guys are going to walk in and vote for Trump?” Vice President Joe Biden said to a group of people at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday. They may not vote for Donald Trump in November, but Bernie Sanders supporters may not vote at all.
“It’s going to take time for them, and some of them will just never come around,” said Western New England University Professor John Baick. He told 22News 45 percent of delegates at the Democratic National Convention pledged to Sanders.
That’s why we heard this: “That’s right – feel the Bern!” from President Obama
And this: “We’ve got a home for you right here in the Democratic Party!” from Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine.
According to Baick, that’s working. “People who voted for him in the primary have been polled, and their numbers seem to be about 90 percent of them will switch their vote towards Hillary Clinton in the general election,” said Baick. He added that after the convention, the Clinton campaign will really focus on appealing to Sanders supporters in battleground states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, where that one vote could really make the difference between a Clinton or Trump victory.
Sanders has a large following in western Massachusetts. Some people told 22News they think those voters will back Clinton.
“Absolutely, absolutely,” said John Cruz of Springfield.
Donald Trump isn’t Clinton’s only threat: Green Party Candidate Jill Stein is hoping to attract Sanders voters away from Clinton as well.