TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Supporters for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders gathered at different bars near Tucson’s downtown to watch results roll in.
Democrats have been gathering at The Shanty for many years. Election night, Hillary Clinton supporters gathered there for what was planned as a celebration, and a celebration was what they got with a strong win by Clinton to take the biggest share of Arizona's delegates.
The Democratic contest gives candidates delegates based on share of the vote instead of the winner take all system Republicans use here.
The Clinton backers are starting to look ahead to the general election and a contest with the Republican nominee.
Tina Ward-Pugh says, "I think that we would make a critical mistake not electing her and electing someone who is so divisive and has laid down a terrible agenda for America, especially with our allies even in other parts of the world."
Pat Burns is a Clinton supporter who says, “We've run a very civil campaign on the Democratic side. We've got two wonderful candidates. I think it's clear that Hillary is starting to pull ahead and I think she's going to be a great candidate for the general election."
A large group of Sanders supporters gathered at Borderlands Brewery. They could take comfort in the fact that Sanders will still get a share of the Arizona delegates, and in the way he has more of the country talking about issues they want addressed.
Doug Weiner says, “Those include the incredible disparity, inequality of wealth and income in the country. They include issues of foreign policy in which Bernie Sanders has said we should stop engaging in wars of choice and foreign interventions that don't affect our national security."
Sanders supporter Eric Cardenas says, “When more and more people find out about Senator Sanders, the more and more the like him. Right now we're just trying to spread the word of who Senator Sanders truly is and what he really believes in and to show that he has really stood by his views for the entirety of his political career for the past 30 years."