Here is everything you need to know about the Presidential Primaries.
Things are heating up on the presidential campaign trail on both the Republican and Democratic side. So far the candidates have been to Iowa and New Hampshire where the results have been filled with surprises. In the Iowa Caucus, Ted Cruz came out on top just nudging out Republican front-runner, Donald Trump. Interestingly enough, the media claimed that the real victor was Marco Rubio who came in third because he did better than polls had previously predicted. On the democratic side, it was an absolute nail biter! The process went late into the night because the number of supporters for Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were almost dead even. Finally, in the morning we learned that Mrs. Clinton won by .3 percentage points. Many were surprised at just how close the results were because Mr. Sanders has been deemed an underdog from the beginning. It was clear from the intensity of the first caucus that it would be a long road for all of the presidential candidates. Immediately following Iowa, the candidates prepared for the New Hampshire Primary.
New Hampshire was dramatically different from Iowa because there were two clear winners that came out on top. Donald Trump won on the Republican side as was expected. On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders defeated Hilary Clinton in a landslide. To many, it was an embarrassing defeat for the former Secretary of State because it was one place she had actually managed to beat Barack Obama in 2012. The results from New Hampshire reflect the public’s passion for “outsider” candidates. Both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders’ campaigns have focused on the fact that they are not career politicians and their messages have struck a cord with the American people. Yes, they are on opposite ends of the spectrum but it shows that the American people are fed up with Washington politicians who have been in the game for way too long. This begs the question, do we really want another Clinton or Bush in the white house? It seems like many voters are asking themselves this question and realizing that it may not be in the best interest of the United States. The huge wins also forced several of the Republican candidates to reevaluate their campaigns. Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina both decided to suspended their run for presidency due to their poor performance in New Hampshire. This can be viewed positively because the field needs to be narrowed so voters can make better-informed decisions. As we move on to the South Carolina Primary we will gain a better feel for the desires of the citizens. However, it is likely that we will continue to see these outsiders make magnificent strides and challenge their fellow establishment competitors to the farthest degree.
The South Carolina primary is quickly approaching. The vote on the Republican candidates will take place Saturday, February 20, 2016 while the Democrats will choose their candidate exactly a week later. According to The Hill, a top rated US political website, the most recent poll indicates that Donald Trump will win by large numbers yet again. The most amazing part about Trump’s domination is that he is winning across many demographics. For example, he is winning among conservatives, moderates, independents and libertarians. In New Hampshire he also won among these groups and across different age ranges as well. This again reinforces the fact that his campaign message to “Make America great again!” is really hitting home with Americans of all ages and affiliations. You may ask how have we gotten to this point? It is normal for the parties in power to flip flop each election cycle. However, the rhetoric we have seen from Trump and Sanders goes far beyond what we have seen in the past. The American people know what a critical time it is for this wonderful country and they can feel a shift coming. It is up to you to decide how dramatic of a shift we want to see in this country. Every vote counts and with more young people turning out than ever before we have tremendous power to make a change. So what will it be? Will you go against the grain like voters in New Hampshire and choose a political “outsider”? Or do you feel that one of the “insider” politicians is more qualified for the job? Being President is no easy feat and it is up to each and every citizen to take the time to make an informed decision.