The Pre-Election Battle
By: Fletcher D.
Businessman Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are campaigning to be elected President of the United States this November. This election cycle has affected much of the country, and it is no exception here at DHS.
“The election [has] made people irrational and doesn’t care much about substance and policy and more about personality.” said sophomore Teddy S.“I would like people to stop thinking about the lesser of two evils and focus more on policy to produce better solutions.”
According to CNN, the first presidential debate on September 26th found its way to roughly 80 million people. This was the highest viewership for any US presidential debate in its 60-year televised history.
After a debate, undecided voters and swing states start to align on the path of the general election. Undecided voters are people who haven’t decided which candidate to vote for, and swing states are the states that are on the fence between going for the Republican or Democratic ticket. Swing states include Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona and Nevada. The more swing states a candidate can turn, the better their chance of winning.
Post-debate, a September 28th poll by the LA times/USC reported that Trump is ahead of Clinton in a general election by four points (Trump: 47, Clinton: 42). Another poll done by CNN/ORC showed that Clinton was ahead of Trump (Trump: 51, Clinton: 45). An average of all polls (done by realclearpolitics.com) came to the conclusion that Trump trails Clinton by 2.8 points (Trump: 45.0, Clinton: 47.8).
According to the LA Times, the presidential primaries showed that Duxbury’s pick for the President of the United States is Hillary Clinton, with her at 1,487 votes and Trump at 1,051 votes.
On top of the Presidential debate, the first and only vice presidential debate was held on October 4th, at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.
In this debate, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana debated with Virginia Senator Tim Kaine. Governor Mike Pence is Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, and Tim Kaine is Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick. Elaine Quijano moderated the debate. During the debate, Senator Kaine interrupted Governor Pence 70 times, compared to Pence interrupting him 40 times (according to abcnews.go.com).
Many news sources (like the Washington Post) praised Governor Pence for being calm during the debate, and said Kaine was the “aggressor.” According to a CNN/ORC poll conducted on October 4th, Governor Pence beat out Senator Kaine 48% to 42%. While this outcome may seem important, the same poll also concluded that 53% of viewers would not change their vote in this election based on the outcome of the debate.