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Hundreds of Bernie Sanders supporters were already in line at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington by early afternoon Tuesday. Supporters of the democratic presidential hopeful came from all over West Virginia to see the U.S. Senator from Vermont, who is scheduled to speak at 8:30 p.m.
Sanders supporters started lining up as early as 9 this morning to see the Democratic Presidential hopeful.
Virginia Dobreff is a registered Republican and traveled with her 20 year old son from outside of Fairmont to attend the rally. Dobreff said she’s been turned off by the rhetoric the Republican candidates are promoting in this year’s election, prompting her to vote for Sanders.
“My key, though, is respect. Let’s respect each other. Let’s respect all walks of life, all people, all persuasions. Let’s have open dialogue, and let’s treat each other the way we should be treated and I’m just not seeing that,” said Dobreff.
Sanders is making the stop in West Virginia on the same day five states head to the polls. A total of 384 delegates to the Democratic convention are up for grabs in Tuesday’s races in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is likely to take a majority of those delegates.
West Virginia’s primary is May 10.