SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Democratic City Committee held a watch party at Christopher’s Sports Tavern on Cooley Street Tuesday night.
Dozens of Democrats talked with each other about the primaries. They kept a close eye on the television screen as results continued to come in throughout the night. We spoke with the Springfield Democratic City committee’s Chairman Jesse Lederman.
He said they will all get behind the Democratic nominee, no matter who it is and thinks they’ll have a good shot to beat Trump in November.
“This is a very significant day of voting in our country,” said Lederman. “No matter who the nominee is we have a very healthy debate in our party in terms of what direction we should go on and that is electoral process, that’s what we believe in and what we stand by tonight.”
DURING VOTING HOURS
The Frederick Harris Elementary School in Springfield was one of more than a dozen polling locations in the city for Super Tuesday. The election office projected a voter turnout of at least 10 percent for Tuesday’s primary.
Voting took place inside the school’s gymnasium. A consistent flow of voters were seen and they were excited to see how the primary played out. Democrats are making their choice between a field of Democratic presidential candidates which include Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
On the Republican ballot, President Donald Trump had a few challenges, including former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. If you’re registered as “unenrolled”, you could choose the Democrat or Republican ballot.
Voters told 22News why made sure to come out and vote in this primary.
I’ve always been interested in politics, especially now in college seeing how it affects them, different policies, so I think it’s important to have your voice heard,” said Emma Smith, a Springfield voter. “Especially, how some people aren’t able to do that.”
Coming into Super Tuesday, the most recent polls had Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the favorite to win in Massachusetts. But Mass. Senator Elizabeth Warren is hoping to come out with the victory in her home state.
Polls were opened until 8 p.m. in Springfield.