An energetic crowd of nearly 5,000 Bernie Sanders supporters packed the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts on Friday night.
Sanders was introduced at the rally by State Representatives Paul Mark and Lindsay Sabadosa, State Senator Jamie Eldridge and former president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association Barbara Madeloni.
Sanders told the crowd he would win in Massachusetts, win the nomination, and go on to defeat Donald Trump in November.
“Every day, with his attacks on the media, attacks on the judiciary, attacks on Congress [Donald Trump] has undermined American democracy, moving this country toward an autocracy,” Sanders told the crowd.
“This is a democracy. We’re proud of our democracy. We’re not going to have an autocracy.”
Polling released on Friday shows Bernie Sanders leading Senator Elizabeth Warren by eight points in her home state. Massachusetts is one of fourteen states to vote on Super Tuesday on March 3.