Wisconsin’s delegate votes at the DNC could be nearly evenly split between Sanders and Hillary Clinton, mirroring the larger effort to have the party coalesce around its candidate in Philadelphia this week.
A Clinton delegate from Milwaukee says there are some Democrats every four years there are folks who “just don’t want to get there” and back the party’s presidential nominee. Sachin Chheda says there are “a few folks at the fringes” who are more committed to their candidate — Bernie Sanders — than to supporting Hillary Clinton’s campaign against Donald Trump.
“You’re always going to have some nay sayers, but we’re going to be ready to go,” Chheda said.
Chheda predicts by November, “the vast majority” of voters in the center, on the left and even some Republicans will support Clinton rather than Trump.
State Representative David Bowen is among the Bernie Sanders delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. He has no regrets.
“I think it was the best thing for the Democratic Party to have a contested primary, to get us where we are right now,” Bowen. “It made Secretary Clinton a better candidate because of it.”
Walter Wilson is an architect from Glendale, attending his first national political convention. “I did it because of Bernie Sanders. When he started talking about his opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, he immediately got my attention.” Wilson cites other Sanders policy positions, too, like raising the minimum wage and providing a college education tuition-free at public universities and community colleges.