Iowa Caucus narrows the field

What do Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have in common? Not much, but with the Iowa Caucus right around the corner, they are currently both the frontrunners of their respective parties, according to Real Clear Politics.

Hillary Clinton is the leading Democrat candidate with 46.8% popularity, followed by Bernie Sanders with 42.8% and Martin O’Malley with 5.2%. Clinton, the former Secretary of State, is running for president for the second time since 2008, after running against and losing to current President Barack Obama. This election season, she has garnered attention for her email server scandal and, more recently, for her disputes with Donald Trump about the personal decisions of her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Senator Bernie Sanders, who is only trailing Clinton by a few points, has gotten a lot of attention for his far-left wing policies and his recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement. Many of Sanders’ supporters are from a younger demographic and he’s got them #FeelinTheBern, which includes many Payton students. Luis Collado ‘16 hopes “the millenials in Iowa turn out and that Bernie Sanders has a good showing at the Iowa Caucus because the more momentum he has, the more electability he has.”

Donald Trump is leading the Republicans with 27.3% popularity, followed by Ted Cruz with 26.9%; Marco Rubio with 11.9%; Ben Carson with 9.0%; Jeb Bush with 4.4%; Chris Christie with 4.0%; Rand Paul with 3.9%; Mike Huckabee and John Kasich with 2.4%. The Republican party has seen many more candidates this year than in previous elections — many of whom don’t have any political experience. Trump, CEO of the Trump Organization and the current frontrunner, has gotten a lot of media attention for his very strong opinions on immigration, women, foreign policy, tax reform. Ben Carson, the former Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, and Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of HP, have also received much media attention despite not having as much political experience as some of the other Republican candidates.

A caucus is different from a primary in that they allow participants to openly show their support for the candidates by breaking up into physical groups. A primary is where participants vote for their candidate of choice directly. Regardless of this difference, the Caucus is a reminder that soon many Payton students will have the power to vote for their candidate of choice in the upcoming election. The Iowa Caucus, to be held on February 1st, is fast approaching; the Illinois Primary will follow soon after on March 15th.

iowaMany caucus participants will be fighting for their favorite candidate on February 1.

Illustration by Abby Wolfe


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