Candidates struggle for presidential position

The presidential elections of 2016 were under way when the Iowa Caucus kicked off on February 1. The winners of the caucus were Ted Cruz with 27.6 percent of the votes, and Hillary Clinton with for 49.9 percent of the votes. The race was almost unanimous amongst the Republicans with Donald Trump coming in second with a percentage of 24.3 votes. The story for the Democrats was different as it was a constant back and forth between Bernie Sanders and Clinton. Martin O’Malley was far behind his competitors. He didn’t even break five percent.

The faculty of Skyline have their own opinions how the race is going.

Who's running for president?

Graphic showing who is still running for president. EDITOR’S NOTe: In anticipation of Rick Santorum’s expected exit from the race this evening. Tribune News Service 2016

“I think Hillary Clinton will win the democrat spot,” secretary Amy Swonger said. “I really hope Donald Trump won’t win and that Ben Carson will, but I just don’t know.”

Most of them don’t have an idea of who they’re going to vote for yet. Only one was able to give a definite answer.

“I have an idea,” fifth and sixth grade PBL teacher Michael Nelson said. “Right now I like what Bernie Sanders has to say, if he does what he says.”

Three seniors were able to give their opinions as they have a rough idea of who they would vote for. Both seniors Kasey Gilpin and Colin Kumberg said that they would vote for Trump as he is self-funding his campaign, so there are no outer groups controlling him and they agree with his foreign policy.

Senior Betsy Giles had a lot to say on the matter.

“There are so many Republican candidates running right now. It’s hard to tell who would be the best commander in chief of the United States when they all just talk bad about each other instead of talking about the real issues,” Giles said. “Honestly I like many things about Donald Trump. He knows how to be the fox and the lion when it comes to making decisions. That is important. Also he says what he thinks unlike many other politicians. Chris Christie doesn’t seem to be too terrible of an option currently. Cruz makes me rather angry, as does Rubio. Ben Carson doesn’t seem to have enough experience and knowledge on leading a nation, so that mainly leaves Donald Trump. On the Democratic side, I would definitely prefer Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton.”

In the polls, Trump had been leading up until the Iowa Caucus for the Republicans and Clinton is leading the Democrats. If the two continued on past the primaries, then not many people would know who they would want to lead the country for the next four years.

“It’s like picking between the lesser of two evils,” band teacher Bob Lee said.

The winners of the first primaries in New Hampshire on February 10 were Trump and Sanders. Trump led the Republicans with 35.3 percent and Sanders led the Democrats with 60.4 percent of votes. Trump gained ten delegates, Kasich followed with four, Cruz with three, Bush with three, and Rubio was on the tail end of the percents receiving three delegates. Sanders received 15 delegates and Clinton gained nine.

Christie has officially suspended his campaign on February 10 following the primary.

If the candidates had a good policy on education, then the teachers would get along just fine with the candidates.

“Education is big to me because that’s my career,” fourth grade teacher Ali Peissig said.

The result of the elections is still a toss up between Sanders and Clinton still neck and neck for the Democratic spot, and seems to still be a complete mess amongst the Republican candidates.


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