FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) – Thursday (July 28) night, Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for President, and many gathered in Fayetteville to watch the historic event.
Almost 100 people filled a portion of Foghorns for the event, coming together to watch the speech, which took place in Philadelphia.
“You feel like you are a part of something, instead of on the edges of something,” said Lisa Sharp, a Democrat. “I am still a Bernie supporter, who is voting for Hillary.”
Sharp said, since Bernie Sanders endorsed Clinton for president, she has joined the Clinton campaign.
“[Arkansas] actually might have a chance to be blue, or at least within a few points, instead of them just giving up on us,” Sharp said.
Molly McCormick hoped Fayetteville would lead the way in the Clinton movement in Arkansas.
“It is a very progressive atmosphere here. It is a blue spot in a larger red pool,” McCormick said.
McCormick said she was thrilled to share the night with fellow Democrats, especially on a night where the nation would have its first female candidate accept the nomination of a major party.
“It is a historic moment, and we are all excited to be a part of it,” McCormick said.
A sentiment which Andrew Gaber echoed. Gaber, a supporter of Sanders, was at the convention when Clinton accepted the nomination.
“It is a very historic moment. It is a culmination for many of us in the room who had a very long hard fought year,” Gaber said.
State Representative Greg Leding said he hoped Clinton would hit the ground running, in an effort to win the Oval Office in November.
“I hope tonight Secretary Clinton continues the hope and aspiration, and continues to set out some clear policies that are going to differentiate herself from Mr. Trump,” Leding said. “That is certainly not going to take a lot. You really have not heard anything in the way of details in [Donald Trump’s] proposed policies.”
The first campaign office for Hillary Clinton in Northwest Arkansas will open on Monday (Aug. 1) in Springdale.