Prepare: The End of the Election is Here
By Anthony Lee
As this year’s ever-memorable election sprints to a close, the two U.S. major party candidates of Donald Trump-R and Hillary Clinton-D are in a virtual deadlock for the nation’s most powerful office - the President of the United States. With only days left in Election 2016, the support gap between the two presidential nominees has narrowed significantly. In fact, it has shrunk to one point between the two in a new national tracking poll by ABC/The Washington Post (including 3rd party candidates) and is a tie according to Rasmussen Reports.
This is a stark contrast to the beginning of the year when Clinton possessed a dominating lead over Trump, and it had seemed she had clinched the Presidency with no effort. However, this has been an unpredictable campaign, and likewise voter opinion has been unpredictable in accordance with it. Here’s a recap the important events of Election 2016:
April 12, 2015 - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announces she will be running for President of the United States.
June 16, 2015 - Donald Trump announces at Trump Tower in New York City that he will be running for President of the United States.
February 1, 2016 - Clinton wins the Iowa primary; Trump loses to Cruz.
February 9, 2016 - Trump wins the New Hampshire primary; Clinton loses to Sanders.
February 20, 2016 - Hillary Clinton wins the Nevada primary; Donald Trump wins South Carolina.
March 1, 2016 - Super Tuesday! Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sweeps the primaries and caucuses.
May 26, 2016 - Trump passes 1237 delegates, securing the nomination.
June 6, 2016 - Clinton passes 2383 delegates, securing the nomination.
July 12, 2016 - Sanders endorses Clinton.
July 21, 2016 - Donald Trump accepts the nomination. Mike Pence is his running mate.
July 22, 2016 - Clinton announces Tim Kaine as her running mate.
July 23, 2016 - Wikileaks leaks emails about Bernie Sanders from the Democratic National Convention (DNC); the chairperson resigns.
July 28, 2016 - Hillary Clinton accepts the nomination for President in Philadelphia.
September 26, 2016 - The first Presidential debate is held at Hofstra University in New York. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9GSJUAuFfE>
October 9, 2016 - The second Presidential debate is held at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. <http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/09/politics/presidential-debate-highlights/>
October 19, 2016 - The last Presidential debate is held at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfdRmnT0Weo>
October 28, 2016 - The FBI reviews new emails that may be relevant to the email probe in Hillary Clinton earlier that year.
November 1, 2016 - Trump closes the margin in the polls to 1% after being behind 7% on October 20.
As displayed by the timeline, the 2016 election cycle has been one of the most contentious and eventful elections in history. A multitude of issues are at stake right now - the American health care system, our economy, homeland and domestic security, terrorism, foreign affairs, gun laws and gender equality, to name a few - whose decision will be in the hands of the next administration.
To my fellow students - As the election comes to closure, it is now time for us as the future generation of Americans to contemplate such crucial questions, that will certainly impact the global community in the near future: How will the new President lead the U.S.? With what approach will he/she combat the problems that our great nation faces now? How will he/she uphold the founding principles of our country and protect the rights and liberties of all Americans?
The 2016 election has appeared to be farce to many in the Charter community, and not to say across the world. It has absolutely been sensational in the media, often passed as a joke or meme on Twitter. But now, it is crucial to take this election seriously.
Many people view this election as purely innocuous. However, this could be farther from the truth. As high school students and maturing youth, we will emerge into the world that the next administration creates for us.
Let us, as the Charter School of Wilmington, shed the skin of superficiality we have for Election 2016 and instead deepen our understanding. Let us inform our pick and expand our knowledge on the candidates, their standings, and their policies. Let us become more involved in this election by either casting an informed ballot or advocating for causes and issues important to us. Also, as a society, we must brace ourselves for the repercussions of the election. Aside from that, all we can do is wait and watch with baited breath, because this election is shaking up the status quo we live in immensely.