As Super Tuesday nears, area Dems keep eye on debate stage

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Politicos across the Star City watched Wednesday’s Democratic presidential debate, one of the last chances candidates have to sway voters ahead of Super Tuesday on March 3.

Of the almost 4,000 delegates that will pick the next Democratic presidential nominee, not even 200 have been decided yet.

One thousand three hundred fifty-seven of them, though, will all be voted for on Super Tuesday, including 99 from Virginia.

“I’m looking forward to – once again – Pete being unflappable,” said Erin Hand, the Lynchburg-area volunteer captain for the Buttigieg campaign.

She, with dozens of others, tuned into the debate from Three Notch’d Brewery. Many say they are cautiously optimistic about Mayor Pete’s chances; it’s early, but the former South Bend, Indiana mayor’s campaign has already exceeded expectations.

“We want people to feel that joy, hope, and belonging again,” she said.

He wasn’t the only candidate with a local following, though.

Elizabeth Warren faithfuls came together at 202 Social House to cheer for a campaign that – like Joe Biden’s – is in need of a big win.

“She didn’t spend all of her money in the first two rounds of this election – this is a marathon, not a sprint, and she’s in it for the long run,” said Katie Dralle, a community team leader for the Warren campaign.

Also on Warren’s side is the endorsement of Delegate Sam Rasoul, one of the only Democratic delegates in southwest Virginia.

Supporters are confident she’s hitting her stride, not losing her pace.

“And I think that what you’ll see on Super Tuesday is that she’s got broad support across the board,” she said.

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