Sanders to hold rally in Vermont on Super Tuesday

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. (WCAX) Senator Bernie Sanders will be back in Vermont for Super Tuesday and is expected to hold a rally at the Champlain Valley Expo.

Vermonters on Tuesday learned Bernie Sanders will cast his ballot on Super Tuesday in Burlington and plans to rally supporters that night on his home turf.

"I like Bernie a lot. I'm pushing for him," said Richard Bachmann of Swanton.

Voters we spoke with were largely favorable. When asked what they most wanted to hear from Sanders, a common theme was compromise.

"I just would like to see more of people coming to the middle versus being more polar and sort-of putting their flag in the ground in the most farthest corners of each side," said April Thompson of Essex.

"There's been some questions about health and how he's maybe going to go to the middle a little bit. I think that's really important as we go down the stretch here. Are you just going to stay in your lane or are you going to move a little bit and try to bring more of the country along with you?" said Davis Wildman of Essex.

"I like Bernie. I think he has a big heart and I think that's what Vermont needs. But I am curious as to how all of it works for everybody," said Lauren Calkins of Hinesburg.

While the rally was announced Tuesday, the campaign told us it's been Sanders' plan for a while. "It says that he knows where he came from," said Shannon Jackson, the campaign's northeast director. He says they expect to see three to five thousand people at the Champlain Valley Expo. "We filled it to the brim last time. I'm sure we will this time."

He says they expect to see a strong showing at the polls too on Super Tuesday and that they're already looking to what's next after the rally is done. "I hope he gets a good night's sleep because he's been working at a whirlwind pace. And then of course, we're looking at the March 10 states, the March 17 states -- this is a 50-state strategy campaign," Shannon said.

Essex Police says they will be helping with traffic control if need be. And if they're asked by state police to help with security and protection they will. Vermont State Police say they do not comment on security matters, but the campaign said you can expect standard rally screening procedures.

The event is free and open to the public. You can RSVP ahead of time, but people get in on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 5:30 for a 7:30 rally. Click here for more details.