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Hillary’s supporters celebrate her Super Tuesday win

world Updated: Mar 02, 2016 20:30 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Hindustan Times
Super Tuesday

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets people during her Super Tuesday event at the Ice Palace Films Studios in Miami, Florida.(AFP)

At the downtown Little Rock brick oven restaurant and bar, cheers rang out multiple times.

As over a hundred Hillary Clinton supporters gathered for a Super Tuesday results watch party, they cheered when the result of their home state of Arkansas was called in her favour, cheered as her speech was televised, cheered when the result from Texas was announced.

The list of draft beers available included Blonde Bombshell and, for Hillary’s campaign staff, friends and fans, it was a fitting drink for this evening.

Ganelle Blake brought along her three small children, Camille, 4, Ari, 6 and Charles, 7, so they could watch the process of “the first woman becoming President.”

State representative Warwick Sabin said, “I think Hillary Clinton will be very happy this evening.”

As the Democratic Party’s frontrunner for the nomination to contest for President racked up states, he added, “For an Arkansan who’s supported the Clintons for a long time, this is gratifying to see.”

Sheila Bronfman, who has known the Clintons for 40 years, was “very pleased” but also cautious, as she said, “There are a lot of states to go. We don’t want to take anything for granted and say this is a done deal.”

With Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders not being entirely outclassed, that could be true.

At a hotel miles away, the mood was nowhere near as upbeat at another party, this one organised by the State Republicans, which had largely sided with Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

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Watching frontrunner Donald Trump win one state after another, Young Republican Laneigh Pfalser echoed the mood as she said, “I do not believe Trump is what is best for our country.”

But she stressed she would “by default” support him if he were the nominee, albeit “definitely with regret”.

Bill Kerr, a retired businessman from Maumelle, a town about 30 km from Little Rock, however, was enjoying the evening. He had volunteered for polling duty for Trump, and was elated.

“I love it, just about what I expected,” he said, as TV screens showed his candidate sweeping through most of the states, barring the three captured by Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Rubio ended up bagging only Minnesota, his first win of the race.

Still carrying his Trump signs and wearing a hat with the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”, Kerr said he was “very excited” since he believed “it’s hard to stop him now” from getting the nomination. That Trump carried Arkansas, even if narrowly, was a bonus.

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