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Presidential Election 2016: Who’s In, Who’s Out, and What Trump Is Talking About Now

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both won big last Tuesday, claiming the majority of southern states and earning significantly more delegates than their opponents. But no one has formally announced their withdrawal from the race yet. Let’s take a look.

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Of the five remaining Republican candidates, only three won entire states. Neither John Kasich or Ben Carson earned any delegates, leaving voters wondering if their time as candidates is running out. Carson has alluded to the possbility of dropping out, saying that he sees “no path forward” after skipping the Repubican debate in his hometown of Detroit. 

Once referring to himself as the threat to Donald Trump campaign, Carson has not gained popular support in any state primary. Carson’s focus on public healthcare and his lax stance on foreign policy is leaving voters skeptical of his ability to lead in a time where people truly fear the threat of terrorism. His Yale degree in medicine just can’t win over Trump’s propositon to build a wall around the U.S. to keep terrorists out.

Although he is acknowleding his defeat, he hasn’t surrenedered just yet.  

Donald Trump, whose radical foreign policy ideas both scare and entertain American voters, has taken the country by surprise by significantly leading the other Republican candidates after Super Tuesday. Trump won seven of the 12 states during Tuesday’s primaries, leaving Ted Cruz with three and Marco Rubio a solitary Minnesota win. Despite his success, Trump and his campaign still find the time to take to Twitter to vent about other candidates. 

Candidates’ tweets serve as precursors to their allegiances, ammo and remarks during televised debates. Some of the pettiness and comments involved in the election is not that far off from the drama that “The Bachelor” brings. Last Thursday’s live Republican debate left many Republicans fuming over the next great schism occuring in American politics. Previous nominees said that Trump would leave the nation in peril if elected. Trump felt differently, noting that he has brought the political party increased support recently. 

Democrat opponents Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are still both campaigning strong with little evidence that either will be leaving the election any time soon. Super Tuesday left Clinton with a strong lead. 

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Although Sanders hasn’t gained popular footing in the South, he has claimed the hearts of many youngsters just dipping their feet in the political pool. Students at the University of Iowa still seem to remain divided, some proudly sporting Bernie stickers and some still posting a sporadic “#I’mwithher” tweet. The battle between the two continues, however Clinton’s current success is pointing torwards an even brighter political future than the former first lady and Secretary of State has already had. 

Clinton’s campaign has gotten creative when it comes to battling against Repbulicans, taking to gifs and social media in order to attain that younger appeal. 

 

If Clinton and Trump both recieve nominations from their respective parties, the political arena may become a lot more interesting that it already is. Definitely expect more fiery Trump tweets, loveable Bernie GIFS, scandalous Clinton emails and (hopefully) a timely surrender from Dr. Ben Carson himself. Oh, and a few more kooky articles on Ted Cruz actually being the Zodiac Killer. 

Keep checking Her Campus Iowa for the latest run down on primaries, candidates and GOP debates. 

University of Iowa sophomore majoring in Journalism and Engaged Social Innovation. Member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Hospitality newbie. Reader, writer, and wanderluster. At least that's what I want my business card to say.
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