Clinton, Sanders supporters out in full force

Posted at 6:12 PM, Mar 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 11:37:25-04

Idaho's Republican Primary is history, and now those affiliated with the Idaho Democratic Party are gearing up for their caucus.

Saturday's push for democratic supporters to weigh in at the upcoming caucus started with a Bernie Sanders rally along the Capitol steps.

They chanted, "This is what democracy looks like," while they marched to Ann Morrison Park where the rally continued.

Former Idaho Senator Nicole LeFavour was one of the speakers. She emphasizes that it is an open caucus, which means you don't have to be a registered democrat to participate in the vote for either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

"I think our democracy breaks, unfortunately, when we have too much money in politics and it breaks when it's all about political parties," LeFavour says. "Bernie Sanders is not aligned with one party."

As we get closer to locking in both the republican and democratic presidential candidate nominees, some people's minds have been made up since the beginning.

"Bernie has the support of the people and especially the young people," says Roger Dion III, a Sanders supporter. "He's the most honest."

Meanwhile, a smaller group of Hillary Clinton supporters gathered at a Boise home. They volunteered to receive training on what to say while out canvassing neighborhoods.

Education on how the caucus process works, not to be confused with a primary vote, is a big part of their focus.

"Caucusing is a much different process," explains Rachel Niemerski with the Hillary for Idaho campaign. "You're going to go in and be there for a little while, standing on the side of the room with the candidate you've selected."

One Clinton supporter says Hillary simply is the most qualified and experienced candidate for the job.

"The message I really hope everyone picks up is don't sit at home, don't be idol, don't let this go by... make this happen," says Ritta Nielsen, who provided the meeting place for the training.

The Idaho Democratic Presidential Caucus is set for Tuesday, March 22. The doors open at different county locations throughout the state at 5 p.m.

You can reserve a seat through the Idaho Democratic Party's website or just show up.