The Political Season–An Overview

By Emma Burns

As the nation dives in to this new campaign season, it is helpful to be fully equipped with knowledge about the potential future presidents.

The Democratic nominee is named Hillary Clinton. Clinton is currently our great nation’s Secretary of State (formerly the First Lady). She is (as of the eleventh of September, 2016) leading in the polls against her Republican opponent by an estimated five percentage points, according to the Huffington Post. She has a strong stance on issues such as the reformation of our criminal justice system, LGBT+/ disability equality, and reassessment of the cost of college tuition.

The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, is a famed entrepreneur and the former host of television show The Apprentice. Over the course of this election, Trump has gathered many devout supporters, thanks to his often brazen opinions on issues otherwise left alone. This candidate has shown a devotion to the upholding of the second amendment; other heavy campaign concentrations include immigration and healthcare.

Trump and Clinton are not the only candidates in this important race; there are also third party candidates from both the Green Party and the Libertarian Party. For the Green Party the nominee is physician Jill Stein, and for the Libertarians there is businessman Gary Johnson. Both of these candidates are polling significantly lower than Clinton and Trump. However, we could see a surge in poll numbers as this election progresses.

Most recently, the news coverage in this election has been centered around concerns about Clinton’s health and comments Donald Trump made surrounding the tragedy of September 11th, but hopefully as November 8th approaches, more coverage will be on the issues of the campaign.

The deadline to register for the November election is October 10th, 2016, so make sure to complete all necessary paperwork prior to that date! Every vote matters, so it is important that as many people as possible come out to vote for their favorite nominee, whoever that may be.