Supporters for Senator Bernie Sanders were in Downtown Orlando on Friday night, to officially open the campaign office that will serve as a the volunteer hub for the Vermont Senator in the heart of the I-4 corridor with just under two weeks to go until the primary.
Volunteers filed into the new offices to sign up to help and after meeting representatives from the campaign, were trained on the phone banking system and signed up to canvass in the greater Orlando area.
“We’re really excited. There are office opening all over the state and we’re going to roll right into phoning. They’ve got a great ‘get out the vote’ operation.” said DNC Committeewoman Nancy Jacobson, who is supporting Sanders in the primary “Bernie will be the best spokesperson for the causes, he’s very clear and very authentic. Maybe, just maybe we can come back around to being Democrats again.”
Sanders does trail former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the polls here in the Sunshine State. Florida will be one of the biggest states that will be in play when the results are counted on March 15th. Many voters have already sent in absentee ballots, and thousands more will early vote before election day 11 days from now.
“Senator Sanders has supported people like me since before I was born. He’s been fighting for the middle class since the 60s” said Ricardo Williams, an Environmentalist from the area “It’s so rare to have such a consistent person in main stream politics. To have this platform and fight for the every day person.”
The Sanders campaign joins other grassroots operations in Orlando, all with headquarters within 10 miles of each other. Clinton and Florida Senator Marco Rubio both have recently opened campaign headquarters in the region.