3,000 parties happened all across the country Wednesday night with the same purpose, campaigning for Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. In a live streamed speech, Sanders estimated that roughly 100,000 people came out to the parties, including to one in Fayetteville.
“Very grassroots, very organic, community based neighborhood activities like this activity here, it’s a packed house tonight,” Tyler Clark, Chairm of the Washington County Democrats said.
Hundreds turned out to Cannibal and Craft in Fayetteville on Wednesday night.
“To support a viable, non-status quo candidate,” Steve Penn a Sanders supporter said.
Sanders is an Independent, running as a Democrat.
“At the beginning, I thought man this guy doesn’t really have a chance,” organizer Troy Gittings said. “This is going to be the largest thing like this that any political candidate has ever done in the world.”
Events like the one in Fayetteville, started with a Facebook invitation, then spread to voters across the country.
“I think social media is the way to really have an impact on voter contact,” Clark said. “If a campaign does not embrace that, they’re going to be left behind.”
It’s not just the campaign strategy that’s getting voters’ attention.
“Both Democrats and Republicans understand his message because he doesn’t dilute it with double speak, I mean he just kind of tells it how it is,” Gittings said.