PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Six days before Election Day, Sen. Bernie Sanders was back in Maine, this time to convince his supporters to not write in his name or stay home on Nov. 8, but instead to go to the polls and vote for Hillary Clinton.
Sanders had a big win in the Maine caucuses and his mission Tuesday night was also to convince any remaining undecided voters.
In Tuesday’s remarks, he mentioned mill closures and thousands of lost blue collar jobs in the state. Sanders tried to persuade the crowd that Clinton will be the one to bring those jobs back.
“We can make America safer, and more productive,” he said. “Create many millions of good-paying jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. That is what Hillary Clinton wants to do. That is what we must do.”
Most of the audience already seemed on board.
“Truthfully, at this point, writing him in, he's not going to win the election,” said Henry Ametti of Farmington. “Just being realistic. When we have an election like we do this year, I think it's so important to vote for one of the two candidates.”
Also among the crowd, a Sanders supporter who still doesn't plan to vote for Clinton. Al Garcia of Gorham said he is waiting until Election Day to vote because he hasn't officially made up his mind, and that Sanders has the potential to change it.
“I'm voting for Johnson, that's today,” Garcia said. “Maybe what I hear today, it might change my vote.”
He doesn’t have much time to make up his mind because Election Day is now less than a week away.