Sensing an opportunity for a win on Senator Elizabeth Warren's home field, Vermont Senator Bernie Senator plans to hold rallies in Massachusetts ahead of Super Tuesday, when 14 states and one U.S. territory vote in presidential primaries. According to his campaign, Sanders will rally Friday night in Springfield, and Saturday on Boston Common.
The announcement comes on the heels of a recent poll that found Sanders and Warren in a virtual tie for first place among Democratic primary voters in Massachusetts. According to the survey, conducted by the UMass Lowell Center For Public Opinion, 21% of respondents said they supported Sanders, and 20% said they supported Warren.
The Sanders campaign says that over the past weekend, it hosted more than 60 active volunteer sites across the state, and knocked on more than 50,000 doors.
For her part, Warren is not taking Massachusetts for granted. On Monday, Congressman Joe Kennedy III was in Cambridge to lead a canvassing effort for her, part of what the Warren campaign calls "a broad, diverse coalition of 147 federal, statewide, and local elected Massachusetts officials and community leaders supporting Elizabeth in the Massachusetts Primary on March 3rd."
Warren's supporters were buoyed by her strong performance in the last debate in Las Vegas, and by the millions of dollars in campaign contributions that followed. But after victories in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada, Sanders emerged from the first three presidential contests as the Democratic front-runner, while Warren has had three disappointing results. She finished third in Iowa, and fourth in New Hampshire and Nevada. She can ill-afford a loss in her home state if she hopes to re-ignite her presidential bid.