PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — It was an upset win for Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who beat out most of the polls, yet again, that showed the Vermont Senator losing to Hillary Clinton in Rhode Island.
But the Ocean State voters are clearly feelin’ the Bern.
Eyewitness News caught up with Clinton supporters who were disappointed by the news of a Sanders victory, in what is considered Clinton territory in the past.
“Hillary will still expand her delegate lead and I think that’s an important thing for her campaign,” said Joe Lazzerini. “but I don’t see it affecting the national stage.”
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We also asked Rep. Joseph McNamara about what went wrong for Clinton to lose convincingly in the Ocean State.
“I don’t know if it’s necessary that something went wrong,” said Rep. McNamara. “I think that in any primary, whoever gets their voters out…turned out to vote, is the winner.”
Before the votes were even cast on Tuesday, Clinton had already scored 9 super delegates, which is in sharp contrast to what the voters expressed.
“They’ve invested so many resources. two visits from the former president. Her daughter was here, she was here, two campaign offices,” said Former Providence Mayor Joe Paolino. “You had two good candidates running with her and Bernie Sanders. and I think that people understand that Bernie Sanders has caught the imagination of a lot of young people.”
Hillary Clinton won in 2008 against Barack Obama in Rhode Island. Former President Bill Clinton also won both times when he ran for president in 1992 and 1996.