With the arrival of Super Tuesday quickly approaching, those of us who will
be voting in the primary election are racing to get to know our potential presidential
candidates. Although there will be more than the following participants in the
primary, the candidates with the most likelihood to come out with the top percentage
of votes are as follows:
Democratic Party: Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Edwards.
Republican Party: Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and John McCain.
For many, Tuesday, February 5th is the most anticipated day prior to the actual presidential election. On this day 22 states will be voting in primary elections, as Iowa, Wyoming, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada have already done. For some of these states, though, like South Carolina, only one primary for one select party was held. On January 19th, South Carolina held the Republican Primary. The winner came to be John McCain with 33% of the votes to Huckabee with 30% of the votes. The Democratic primary will be held on January 26th.
Most recently, the New Hampshire primary left the country in awe with the two top candidates from each party being Hillary Clinton and John McCain.
The victory for Hillary Clinton was surprising and supposedly was caused by recent events in her presidential campaign. Said events being her recent emotional display at the campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and the constant battle between her and Barack Obama, leading to women in New Hampshire standing up for her in honor of femininity. Once a consistent second to Barack Obama, Clinton’s campaign is now seen as revitalized in light of her recent victory.
With the capture of one Republican primary having been under John McCain’s belt, that being New Hampshire, Mitt Romney rested on the brink of a fallout, fearing that he would lack a first place to keep him in the race. To his pleasure, January 16th in Michigan brought him not only a win, but a wide open race for all the Republican candidates, due to the various states crowning various candidates. In an interview with the Deseret Morning News, Romney told the reporter that he had really hoped to win in New Hampshire but plans on remaining in the race until Super Tuesday. Now with his win in Michigan the race is anybody’s potential victory.
Although the elections seem a distant responsibility to teenagers, it remains a prevalent part of our lives in a democratic nation. If you choose to vote in either the primaries or the presidential election, I encourage you to broaden your knowledge on the candidates and learn where they stand on international, domestic, economic, and social issues that will forever be a part of our everyday lives.