Candidates neck and neck after Iowa
Ted Cruz (R) and Hillary Clinton (D) have been declared the winners of the 2016 Iowa Caucus as of Monday.
The legislative meeting determined that Cruz and Clinton will receive the majority of delegates elected to the county convention, which then elects delegates for that candidate to the state convention and eventually the national convention.
We The Threefold Advocate believe that it is crucial for millennials and all generations to take part in the election. If they are not voting, it can have a negative effect on the final polls.
If students believe that they lean toward one party, they can easily affect the candidate that will run for their party. The College Democrats and Republicans clubs on campus have teamed up to help students learn how to register to vote.
Students also need to be accurately aware of what each candidate stands for. Trump said that his supporters were so loyal that they would vote for him no matter what.
This country should not have citizens that will blindly follow a politician because they agree with a few policies.
Despite Clinton and Cruz’s victories in Iowa, the caucus shows that the race is extremely close. Clinton barely beat Bernie Sanders with only a 0.3 percent difference between the two candidates, according to the Associated Press. CNN said that it was so close that Clinton was not officially given victory until Tuesday afternoon.
A third Democratic candidate, Martin O’Malley, received less than one percent of the votes in Iowa and dropped out of the race. In addition, Mike Huckabee (R) dropped out of the running. This could affect who will be in the lead in later primaries and caucuses. The Republicans also held a close race with less than five percent separating the top three candidates.
For the Republican Party this is significant because they have 12 total candidates running for nomination. Once a few of the candidates drop out, the numbers could easily get even closer to one another.
The Threefold Advocate understands that some students may not find politics important or are uninterested in them. However, the president elected in 2016 will be in charge when most current university students graduate. Their voting decisions will affect the economy, job market, international relations and much more that affects “the real world.”
Do not think this decision will not affect you because it will.
Students have a chance to make a difference in the election, study the sides, decide who to support and vote.