Status Update on Election 2016: Candidate Break Down

By Anne Szmul, Domestic News Editor

Time is ticking down until November 8, when the efforts of the candidates come to fruition. Since leaving school, the race has come down to the two nominated candidates. Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton spent the summer covering the country. Also worth mentioning is Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.

In the polls, Trump seems to have infringed upon states likely to vote Democrat. While the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project predicted Hillary Clinton would win the election as of September 10, Florida and Ohio are “no longer considered likely wins for [Clinton]”, according to Yahoo News. Up to date statistics and forecasts can be found at fivethiryeight.com, an affiliate of the New York Times.

In the months since our last days at school, much has happened in the election. Here are some of the recent headlines for each candidate to catch you up:

Hillary Clinton

The past week has been a mixed batch of reactions for Hilary. The Democratic nominee recently spoke at an LGBT fundraiser for her campaign. She received a lot of backlash and has since issued a partial apology for calling “’half’ of Donald Trump’s supports are in a ‘basket of deplorables’”, according to Yahoo News.

Very effective was her feature on Humans of New York, a well-known blog of people’s stories. The caption reflects Clinton’s experiences back in law school and has garnered a lot of positive attention on social media. Taking a law test and being one of the only women in the room, Hillary said in the post that she acknowledges how she learned to protect herself, causing her to seem aloof, and how that impression impacts her to this day.

And finally, Hilary received the Dallas News’ first recommendation of a Democratic candidate since World War II. An editorial from the paper called Hilary the “only serious candidate” in the election.

Donald Trump

For the Republican nominee, Trump completed a visit to Mexico last month. As per The Washington Post, he met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and maintained a cooperative tone with such a leader who disagrees with so many of Trump’s signature policies—including the wall separating Mexico and the United States. Upon returning to the States, Trump divulged from his of late more moderate discussions to appeal to more voters, and gave Phoenix an “aggressive” presentation on his thoughts about immigration.

Gary Johnson

Facing an uphill battle as a third party candidate, the Libertarian Party nominee is trying to appeal to the multitudes of Americans who are having trouble deciding between two such polar candidates. The last time a third party candidate won more than 5% of the vote was in 1996.

Efforts to gain a high enough percentage to qualify for the debates had been side tracked by the much publicized mistake Johnson made in an interview when questioned about Aleppo, Syria. Thinking the word was an acronym, instead of the epicenter of conflict in Syria, Johnson has since assumed full responsibility for the incident, according to his social media pages.

As the two major and single minor candidates continue to attempt to charm American voters, the debates approach. At the very least, the eventful campaign season will encourage everyone to come out and vote in what is sure to be an interesting election.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, September 13th print edition.

Contact Anne at

anne.szmul@student.shu.edu

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