(WTNH)–Democratic candidates themselves and their surrogates criss-crossed the state the last few days ahead of tomorrow’s primary. The race is very much still up for grabs here, where state Democrats have in the past voted for the more progressive candidate in a primary.
In New Haven for the second time in a week, former President Bill Clinton is stumping for his wife and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. He said she has the best ideas on everything from growing more jobs, to immigration reform, to gun regulations.
“To make sure that every gun sold at a store, gun show, online has a background check to eliminate felons, fugitives, stalkers and people with mental health issues,” Clinton said during his rally at Wilbur Cross High School.
Clinton also said his wife, the former U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, is best equipped to handle all issues our country faces.
“We got to raise incomes, reduce inequality,” Bill Clinton said. “We got to have a future-oriented economy everybody can have a part in.”
“Too many people were put in jail for nonviolent offenses, and kept there for too long and we need to let them out. That’s Hillary’s position,” Clinton said.
Not to be outdone, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) hit the state hard, speaking to tens-of-thousands, holding a Sunday night rally on the New Haven Green and a Monday morning rally in Hartford.
“You want to hear a radical idea? Actually it’s not a radical idea,” Sanders joked at the Hartford rally. “What we are going to do together is create an economy that works for all of us, not just the one percent.”
Sanders had a clear message, that political revolution — meaning his supporters need to show up in droves — is the only way his agenda can be accomplished.
“When I talk about political revolution, it’s not a complicated process,” Sanders said. “It means that we need to involve millions at grass roots level.”
The latest Quinnipiac poll that came out last week had Clinton with only a nine point lead over Sanders. There’s 71 delegates up for grabs in the Democratic race. The thinking is that both candidates will split the delegates almost evenly.