A huge roar has just gone up at Bernie Sanders’ Super Tuesday rally in his home town of Burlington, Vermont, with chants of “Bernie! Bernie! Bernie!”.
There are no surprises of course in Sanders’ projected victory here. With a population of just 624,000, Vermont is small enough for Bernie to cut a giant figure in a state that he won in 2016 by a whopping 86% to Hillary Clinton’s 14%.
In Burlington itself he is even more familiar, as the Sanders’ headquarters are here and his distinctive head of white hair is frequently seen bobbing down Church Street in the town center. Everyone at the rally seems to know Sanders personally, or at least to have stories about him.
I just talked to Jim Clancy standing in the crowd. He has a memory from his childhood of his mother and Sanders bouncing up and down on a sofa in a Burlington furniture store comparing notes on how firm the piece was.
So that’s Vermont. But when I asked Clancy was that why he voted for Sanders today, because he is the home-boy candidate, he said not at all. “It’s his message. He relates to me. I’m gay, and Bernie started gay pride in Burlington in 1981 when it wasn’t all that common. He’s been consistent, and I like that – there are no surprises with Bernie.”
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