RI campaign volunteers sticking by their candidates despite recent controversy

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP file)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton campaigning in West Virginia. (AP file)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – With just days left until election day, Eyewitness News checked back in with the Rhode Island Democratic and Republican campaign headquarters.

After a week of controversy surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct for Donald Trump, and the FBI reviving the email scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton, both sides are doing last-minute campaigning amid damage control.

After speaking with both Democrats and Republicans on Sunday, Eyewitness News learned that party officials on both sides are overwhelmingly standing by their candidates, despite the latest media reports.

At a “Democratic Unity Breakfast and Rally” in Providence’s Ward 5, Democrats made a push to get out the vote Nov. 8.

“The question of our very democracy, let alone democratic values, is being questioned here and it’s a very high-stakes moment,” Ward 5 Democratic Committee Treasurer Jenna Karlin told Eyewitness News.

Karlin said she believes the FBI announcement regarding an ongoing investigation of Clinton’s emails doesn’t hold much weight in the election. She said it’s just politics at play.

“There’s no evidence that there’s anything whatsoever in these emails,” Karlin said. “It’s just a non-issue and we need to stay focused on what’s really at stake and the future of our country.”

On the other side of the aisle, there’s Rhode Island National Committeewoman Lee Ann Sennick.

“I think [for] anybody who cares about the safety and security of our nation, this is a big issue and they should be concerned about it,” Sennick said. “Reopening the investigation into the Clinton emails is at least going to bring that conversation back into the forefront. We’ve never had a candidate who has been under federal investigation at the time of the election running for president of the United States.”

At Rhode Island’s Republican headquarters in Warwick on Sunday, volunteers were collecting yard signs and bumper stickers to share with the community.

However, there was one statement both parties agreed with Sunday – both agree their values are very different, and are in jeopardy depending on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.