NBC News hosts voter watch party in Grand Rapids


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — NBC News hosted a voter watch party in Grand Rapids on Super Tuesday.

News 8 joined the watch party at Brewery Vivant and talked with NBC Nightly News Anchor and Correspondent Kate Snow who helped lead conversations to look ahead at Michigan’s Democratic Primary next week Tuesday, March 10.

A Super Tuesday watch party hosted by NBC News at Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids. (March 3, 2020)

“It’s been really interesting, very mixed at the bar here,” Snow said. “Everything from Bernie Sanders supporters who are excited about tonight and what it could mean for him.

“Elizabeth Warren seems to have a really big operation here in Kent County … I’ve also talked to a Trump voter who said he might vote for Bloomberg this time around. A Biden voter who said he thinks he’s the only one who can beat Donald Trump, so it’s really kind of a mix. That’s why we wanted to come here to get kind of a selection of different voter opinions.”

Most voters had their mind made up prior to the watch party and came out to cheer on their candidate over the others.

“We would like Biden to rise above Sanders,” Karen Vanstright said. “We like Sanders, but we think he’s a little too risky.”

Laura VanWyk, another voter in attendance, proudly wore Elizabeth Warren campaign gear.  

“I think Warren is the best candidate that we have out there,” she said. “Bloomberg, I’m not a fan of him … I think he’s buying the vote.”

In the next room, a group of grieving Pete Buttigieg supporters talked about where they’ll take their vote now that their preferred candidate has dropped out of the race.

“I am focusing my attention on former VP Joe Biden,” Tim Ramsey said. “I feel like he is the most realistic option for our country, just because where we are right now with this current administration being so far right and with Senator Sanders too far left.”

NBC News plans to talk to Kent County voters throughout the primary and general election season as the county has been selected as one of the five battleground areas to focus for their “County-to-County” coverage. 

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