Sanders delegate wants to persuade DNC superdelegates
(WLUK) -- Hillary Clinton is expected to become the Democratic Party's official presidential nominee at the Democratic National Convention this week. Even though Bernie Sanders has endorsed Clinton, one Sanders delegate from Green Bay plans to make a last-minute and unlikely effort for the Vermont senator.
This plan comes as Democrats face questions of unity after a contentious primary process. According to the Associated Press, 602 superdelegates back Clinton while only 48 support Sanders.
Eric Reimer of Green Bay, a pledged Sanders delegate, says he wants to convince superdelegates to back Sanders instead of Clinton.
"Her negative numbers are very high," Reimer said about Clinton. "She's second only to Donald Trump, so if we end up with both of them as presidential candidates, we have the two most despised people in the history of the country running as presidential candidates for the two major parties."
Reimer says he knows his push to persuade will fall flat, but he wants to try.
"Basically go through some of the polling that we have, some of the reasons why she has issues being a national presidential candidate, some of the trust issues that she has, some of the security issues that she may have," he said.
Mark Waltman of Appleton, a pledged Clinton delegate, says it's time to unite. He expects most Sanders supporters will end up voting for Clinton.
"Sometimes it takes a just takes a little bit of time to come around," said Waltman. "I was in the same position eight years ago. I was a huge Hillary Clinton supporter. I was very disappointed when President Obama got the nomination."
But Wisconsin Republicans say they're hearing from Sanders supporters. Sanders won Wisconsin's Democratic primary with 57 percent of the vote.
"I think we will be picking up quite a few Democrats who are unhappy with Hillary," said Marian Krumberger, Republican Party of Brown County Chair.
State Rep. Eric Genrich, D-Green Bay, is a pledged Sanders delegate but says he will support Clinton. Genrich says the party is uniting ahead of November.
"The Democratic Party is a big tent," said Genrich. "There's a lot of people with different ideas about the direction that we need to head and which individual is best suited to head us in that direction."
Wisconsin has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since 1984.