Bernie Sanders holds rally in Stockton
On Tuesday, March 10, Democratic hopeful Bernie Sanders arrived in Stockton, California to hold a rally. Thousands attended the rally and showed enthusiastic support for the potential nominee.
Bernie Sanders, a long-time senator from Vermont, entered the race for the Democratic nomination for president. He is facing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the nomination. Sanders faces great opposition, as many doubt he could ever land the nomination. He is a self-described Democratic socialist, and many see Hillary as the obvious nomination to succeed Barack Obama.
However, Sanders was able to rally a grassroots movement within the Democratic voting base, which saw him becoming a potentially viable nominee for president. A lot of support for Sanders has come from young, college-aged voters, who have become disillusioned with the current political situation.
“I originally wanted Bernie to win because he was actually arguing for change. Hillary just felt like she’d keep things the same,” commented Jason Wong ‘18.
Indeed, Sander’s portrayal as an unorthodox candidate is emblematic of a presidential race where controversial figure Donald Trump went from being a laughingstock to the only nominee for the Republican party.
Despite Sander’s apparent popularity and even a few primary wins in certain states, Hillary has been leading the delegate count for some time now. Because of this, many are worried that Bernie will not be the nominee, but some still believe.
“Everyone said he wouldn’t make it this far, but he did. I have faith he can pull it off,” Ryan Chen ‘18 enthused.