by Félix Pérez; photo credit: Ted Eytan
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Super Tuesday was a big day for Hillary Clinton: she won seven of the 11 Democratic primaries and caucuses and strengthened her bid to become the party’s nominee. And in the heart of her victory remarks, she made time to speak out in behalf of students.
Speaking last night before thousands of supporters (starting at 7:42 in the video below), Clinton said:
Together we can break down barriers for our kids so they get the education they need and deserve. Every child in America should have a great school and a great teacher no matter what their ZIP code.
Educators in state after state, recognizing the importance of having a pro-public education president, played a key role.
- In Minnesota, more than 400 retired and active educators participated in caucus trainings and volunteer programs. Volunteer phone banks resulted in nearly 2,600 conversations. And joint union member-to-union member neighborhood canvassing reached more than 1,600 workers at home.
- In Colorado, 10 educator-to-educator volunteer phone banks were held, logging 2,377 calls. Educators filled 22 precinct captain positions.
- In Virginia, educators from Maryland joined their Virginia peers in a weekend canvass that reached 461 homes. Volunteer phone banks reached more than 300 educators, and a phone program reached another 3,900 homes.
- Texas educators, along with educators from 30 other states at an education conference, participated in a phone bank the weekend before Super Tuesday, completing 2,300 calls.
Clinton, a former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator, has built a large lead over U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in the all-important delegate count necessary to win the party’s nomination. While Sanders won four states yesterday, Clinton’s wins give her a nearly insurmountable 1,055 delegates and superdelegates to Sanders’ 418.
On the Republican side, reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump won seven of 11 primaries in a dominating performance. He solidified his front-runner status.