Sanders leads Biden, Warren in available Franklin County results

  • Volunteers Karen Dobosz and Cheryl Faufaw check in a voter at Buckland Town Hall on Tuesday. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Members of Pioneer Valley for Bernie 2020 gather at The People’s Pint, Tuesday. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Members of Pioneer Valley for Bernie 2020 gather at The People’s Pint to follow updates on the presidential primary election results Tuesday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Members of Pioneer Valley for Bernie 2020 gather at The People’s Pint to follow updates on the presidential primary election results Tuesday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Members of Pioneer Valley for Bernie 2020 gather at The People’s Pint to follow updates on the presidential primary election results Tuesday night in Greenfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Staff graphic/Andy Castillo

Published: 3/4/2020 12:12:37 AM

About a dozen Bernie Sanders supporters gathered at The People’s Pint Tuesday night after the presidential primary polls closed to celebrate, even though at 9:30 it was much too early to know the final results in Franklin County and elsewhere.

Patti Williams, a member of Franklin County Continuing the Political Revolution, said those at The People’s Pint deserved to celebrate, because they’ve been campaigning for Sanders with a “high level” of energy for a while and, she said, they’d been at the polls in Greenfield all day.

“It’s good for us to come together like this and talk about the primary,” Williams said. “There’s a lot at stake.”

Williams said information results were coming in slow, but no one was in a hurry.

Though not all of the towns in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region had complete results by press time, of the 23 municipalities with available results (including Greenfield), Sanders led the Democratic field with 6,348 votes, followed by Joe Biden with 3,952 votes and Elizabeth Warren with 3,836 votes. On the Republican ballot, incumbent Donald Trump was the clear front runner with 2,046 votes in the 23 municipalities, followed by Bill Weld with 299 votes.

Of the towns with available results as of press time, Leverett saw the highest voter turnout of 60 percent, followed closely by Buckland with 59 percent and Ashfield with 57 percent. Greenfield’s voter turnout was 39 percent.

In Franklin County and Athol in 2016, Sanders received 70.4 percent of the Democratic votes or 11,511 votes, while Hillary Clinton received 29.5 percent or 4,837 votes. Trump received 43.8 percent of the Republican vote or 2,450 votes.

Williams said members of the local group will continue to campaign for Sanders, hoping that he will be the Democratic nominee. She said if he is, volunteers will campaign for him into November.

“Whatever is needed,” she said. “People believe so strongly in this campaign. They’ve worked tirelessly. We’re really behind his Green New Deal, which is so important. He is brilliant.”

Williams said Sanders has a good and solid plan for doing away with fossil fuels. She said his plan for Medicare for all is also a good one.

“There are so many families crippled by hospital bills,” she said. “That’s a sin. No one should go without high-quality medical care. He’ll make sure of it.”

She added that crippling college tuition bills are a crime.

“Too many of our young people who should be getting out of college and reaching their full potential are crippled by tuition bills,” she said. “It’s not advancing our society.”

Williams said, “Franklin County went for Bernie big-time in 2016, and we’re hoping for the same again.”

She said many members have stood out on the street in downtown Greenfield campaigning for Sanders for weeks and people have been “very positive,” honking and waving and giving thumbs-up.

At around the same time, Greenfield Republicans Committee Chair David Lewis was at home watching as results came in. He said he was not surprised to see President Donald Trump take the lead by a large margin in the Republican primary.

“A lot of people on our committee are pro-Trump,” Lewis said. “About 90 percent, I’d say.”

Lewis said there are a lot of newer and younger members who are “disgusted with Democrats” and their “charades” during the impeachment hearings and trial.

“They’ve had it,” he said. “A lot of Republicans are speaking out at the polls, but are not speaking out in public, so people don’t know just how many Trump supporters there are in this area.”

Lewis said he is tired of being pushed around, not by moderate or conservative Democrats, but by progressives who tend to challenge Republicans when given the chance.

“We’re pushing back and voting for Trump,” he said. “There will be another awakening soon — he’s going to be the Republican nominee.”

Lewis said he’s disappointed in Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

“She’s on the campaign trail and she’s not voting here in Massachusetts,” he said. “We’re paying her to be our senator, but she’s not representing us. That rubs me the wrong way.”

Lewis said like him, he believed members of the committee stayed home and watched the results.

“We didn’t go out anywhere,” he said. “We pretty much know what the results will be.”


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