Why do people go to campaign rallies?

Mar 21, 2016, 7:59 AM | Updated: 11:17 am

(Photo by Mike Sackley)...

(Photo by Mike Sackley)

(Photo by Mike Sackley)

The vast majority of Americans do not attend campaign rallies, especially as early as it has been in this election season. So far, much of the news cycle has been dominated this year by yelling and screaming at these rallies, but politics aside, what motivates people to attend?

Ahead of Arizona’s primary on Tuesday, KTAR reporters talked to supporters at presidential candidate events in the Valley this weekend.

For most of the supporters, this was their first presidential campaign event.

“This is not my first rally,” Lucy DiGrazia from Scottsdale said. She attended the Ted Cruz rally at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix on Friday night.

“Well for me personally, I homeschool my children,” DiGrazia said. “And learning about the political process, the government, the constitution, these are all things that are vital to our education.”

Donna Verville, a 73-year-old resident from Sun City, was at the Bernie Sanders rally at the Arizona State Fairgrounds Saturday night.

“I just think it’s a fun thing to do,” she said. “I’m very politically active, I always have been. I was in rallies when I was in college for the civil rights movement and anti-Vietnam War.”

Diana Breast from Phoenix attended Donald Trump’s rally in Fountain Hills on Saturday afternoon.

“I think it’s nice to support whoever you care about,’ Breast said. “When you actually see the person live, whoever it may be, it’s awesome.”

Breast added that she believes people should support who they like and go to the rallies.

Turns out, all yelling aside, many supporters believe campaign rallies are just another way to engage in the political process.

KTAR reporters Mike Sackley and Sharon Mittelman contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Ring doorbell outside front door of home...

Rosie Romero, Host and Owner of

Here’s a guide on how to adapt to smart technology for seniors

In this week's article, we will look at some ways we can approach smart technology and how it can expand our world as we age.

23 minutes ago

Breeze Airways is adding a season route between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and San Be...

Breeze Airways announces nonstop service from Phoenix to San Bernardino

Breeze Airways is adding nonstop seasonal service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to San Bernardino, California.

1 hour ago

side by side of patrol car and Preston Lord...

SuElen Rivera

Queen Creek Police explain why no arrest yet made in Preston Lord’s death

A month after 16-year-old Preston Lord was fatally assaulted in Queen Creek, police said they are making progress on the investigation.

2 hours ago

The rural community of Rio Verde Foothills has a long-term water solution after a standpipe was app...

Danny Shapiro

Standpipe for Rio Verde Foothills water service approved, providing long-term solution

The rural community of Rio Verde Foothills has a long-term water solution after a standpipe was approved Wednesday.

3 hours ago


KTAR Video

Video: Reaction to Lori Vallow Daybell being booked into Phoenix jail after extradition from Idaho

Lori Vallow Daybell, known as the “Doomsday Mom,” was booked into a Phoenix jail Thursday morning after extradition from Idaho. Mike Broomhead reacts.

4 hours ago

A winter weather system is expected to bring widespread rain to the Phoenix area Thursday night, No...

Kevin Stone

Weather system expected to bring rain to Phoenix area, snow to northern Arizona

A winter weather system is expected to bring widespread rain to the Phoenix area starting Thursday night and the largest snowstorm of the season to northern Arizona.

5 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @KTAR923...

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.

Follow @KTAR923...

The best ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day and give back to the community

Veterans Day is fast approaching and there's no better way to support our veterans than to donate to the Military Assistance Mission.


Desert Institute for Spine Care

Desert Institute for Spine Care (DISC) wants to help Valley residents address back, neck issues through awake spine surgery

As the weather begins to change, those with back issues can no longer rely on the dry heat to aid their backs. That's where DISC comes in.

Why do people go to campaign rallies?