“I’ve seen my fair share of election days, but the excitement of knowing that people are headed to the polls never wears off — especially on a day as important as Super Tuesday,” said former secretary of State and current Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in an email earlier this week, speaking of the Democratic primaries. “Participating in our democracy is how we all make our voices heard and move this country forward. At the end of the day, that’s what campaigns are all about.”
At the end of the day on Tuesday, March 1, in Tennessee, the voices were loud and clear, as Mrs. Clinton took a commanding victory in Nashville, edging out contender Vermont senator Bernie Sanders by a two-to-one margin. She won with 43,691 total votes to 22,620 for Sanders. Her early vote margin was much wider as she claimed 18,022 to only 7,390 for Sanders prior to election day. Absentee votes were even more in her favor – 536 to 189, almost a 3-to-1 ratio. Statewide, she tallied 245,374 (66.08%) to Sanders’ 120,360 (32.41%).
The candidate had rallied support on Sunday, February 28 in Nashville at historic Meharry Medical College, her second appearance at a North Nashville HBCU in four months. In attendance with the candidate were supporters including Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Actor Tony Goldwyn (who plays President Fitzgerald Grant on ABC’s Scandal, TSU President Glenda Glover, State Rep. Harold Love, Metro councilwoman Erica Gilmore, and many others.
At Meharry Clinton said her campaign was “about breaking down barriers” and that she wants Americans to be able to fulfill their potential, emphasizing that all children, regardless of their zip code, deserve quality education. The former first lady spoke eloquently about the historical and present-day importance of Nashville. Clinton hopes job creation will get back to where it was in the late 90’s “when my husband was President, she said.
Clinton also praised President Barack Obama, noting that he hasn’t gotten the credit he deserves. She described how he was put in a critically bad situation when the Republicans left office before he was sworn in, and that has done a great job to turn America around. Clinton ended by asking for the vote of Nashvillians and saying that Tennessee is an important state.
Clinton had previously rallied supporters at Fisk University in November, 2015, as reported here in the PRIDE family of newspapers.“We’re making history,” Clinton said. “Every state, every vote, and every delegate puts us one step closer to the Oval Office.”
Locally, supporters met at The Sutler on Franklin Road to celebrate her victory, among them attorney Robert Greene, State Rep. John Ray Clemmons, and the chair of the Tennessee Democratic party, Mary Mancini, who said, “The Davidson County Democratic Party extends its sincerest congratulations to Secretary Clinton on winning the Democratic Primary in Tennessee and Davidson County. She has done a phenomenal job campaigning here, and tonight’s victory has shown that her message has resonated with Tennesseans across the state. Sen. Sanders also put in great effort. He has brought an entire generation of voters to the Democratic Party, and they are experiencing democracy at work for the first time. Regardless of candidate choice, I think it’s clear that all Tennessee Democrats have won tonight. We had two incredible candidates with ambition, sincerity, and plans for our nation that creates opportunity for all.”