EVANSVILLE, INDIANA — A room in a stone building on 312 NW Martin Luther King Boulevard in Evansville is mostly bare with some posters hanging on the wall. But it’s here in this room where some are hoping to continue a grassroots campaign to get Sen. Bernie Sanders elected President of the United States.
“We’re going to work hard to make sure Evansville’s going to feel the Bern!” Autumn Baker, the president of Southwestern Indiana for Bernie Sanders, said.
With Indiana’s primary election coming up on May 3, volunteers like Baker are making a push to drum up support for Sanders in the Hoosier state.
“He’s a true public servant,” she said. “He wants all the right things. He wants to help all the right people.”
Sanders is the first presidential candidate to open a campaign office in Evansville, a sign that Indiana may play a bigger part in the elections than originally thought.
“Most don’t consider Indiana to be a player because typically most nomination contests are resolved by the time Indiana votes in May,” Rob Faulker, the chairman of Vanderburgh County’s Democratic Party, said.
“Indiana is actually going to be a critical state in this election because it is going to be so close, and I think Bernie has a real good shot here,” Baker said.
Sanders is trailing Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, but still remains in the running.
“It’s a lot closer than people think and I think in the future, we’re going to do really well,” Baker said.
“Mr. Sanders is of course behind but he is still in contention and he’s not showing any signs of giving up,” Faulkner said.
But before Hoosiers can vote, they will need to register, with the deadline coming up this Monday.
“I know it’s a struggle to participate sometimes because you feel not inspired and not like your vote counts, but your vote really does count, and it can really make a huge difference this year particularly,” Baker said.
“There will be some delegates that Indiana will have to send and it will play a factor,” Faulkner said.