As Election Day 2016 grows nearer, the three remaining Democrats vie for the nomination.
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are currently the front-runners, with Martin O’Malley also running. Lincoln Chafee and Jim Webb, both former Republicans, dropped out of the Democratic primary race not long after the first Democratic debate.
Kathy Jaramillo (’17), who identifies as a Democrat, says she supports Bernie Sanders. She likes “what he is trying to do” and said that the most important part of his platform to her was his plan for free tuition. Sanders supports making public college free for everybody.
Savannah Mayer (’17) and Mattie Lakey (’17), both Republicans, say they like Sanders the most of the candidates and Clinton the least. “Bernie seems pretty chill,” Lakey added. Neither can vote in the upcoming presidential election.
However, Mr. Sapp thinks that it is “Hillary’s nomination to lose.” He predicts that Clinton will win and select Sanders as her Vice President. Compared to history, he said that the 2016 race is similar to most recent Democratic elections. With fewer candidates than Republicans, there is less infighting among them — thus leading to the success of the party.
At the moment, 15 Republicans are fighting for the nomination. Such a move creates division within the party as some people will not vote for any other candidate than the one they support. Additionally, when so many candidates enter a race, it gives the illusion that they are in it for their own personal benefit — most of them share similar beliefs, so there’s no reason to add another of the same unless being president is so very important.
The candidates generally do not get along, as evidenced by the barrages of insults at the Republican debates. Donald “Nobody builds walls better than me” Trump is the champion of disparaging people, but other candidates join in at times.
The Democratic National Convention is scheduled for July 2016. If Sanders can manage to top Clinton in states outside of his native New England before then, he might have a chance of winning the nomination.