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Spin Control

Local Clinton, Sanders supporters open campaign offices ahead of March 26 caucus

The two candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination have set up shop in Spokane ahead of the March 26 Democratic caucuses in Washington state.

Organizers for Hillary Clinton held a kick-off event Wednesday evening at the United Association Local 44 Plumbers and Steamfitters building, 3915 E. Main Ave. in east Spokane. About 30 supporters, including former legislative candidate Amy Biviano, met to discuss canvassing strategies ahead of the caucus.

Local efforts are being coordinated by Clinton campaign staff who have previously worked in Iowa and Colorado. Emily Blumberg, who is coordinating the local Clinton efforts, said volunteers had already begun making phone calls and canvassing this past weekend and would continue to spread their message online.

"Social media is a big deal for us," Blumberg said, referring to multiple posters on the wall featuring hash tags for Twitter posts.

Carol Anson, a Clinton supporter, said the former secretary of state has been "a great public servant." She said she wasn't upset by local Republican comments indicating any candidate would be better than Clinton.

"That shows, to me, you either love her or you hate her," Anson said. 

Those interested in becoming involved with the Clinton campaign can contact Blumberg directly, by emailing or calling (847) 502-7340.

Clinton is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser in Seattle on March 22, according to a Seattle Times report

Sanders supporters have opened an office at 2209 N. Monroe St. Volunteers there referred questions to a spokeswoman, who had not returned a request for comment by Thursday morning.

The caucuses, to be held throughout the county March 26, will select 67 of the 119 total delegates Washington state will send to the Democratic National Convention, which will be held July 25 to 28 in Philadelphia. Washington will send 18 so-called "super delegates," representatives chosen by the party that are unbound by the outcomes of the caucuses.  The remaining delegates will be selected at the state Democratic convention, which will be held June 17 to 19 in Tacoma. 

As of Thursday, Clinton was leading Sanders for the nomination with 760 pledged delegates to Sanders' 546, according to The New York Times. That does not include super delegates, among whom Clinton has a commanding lead. A total of 2,383 delegates are needed to wrap up the Democratic nomination.

Kip Hill
Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk, covering the marijuana industry, local politics and breaking news. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.

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