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Political mayhem in the primaries

The race to the 2016 elections is officially in full speed with the Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina,  and Nevada Caucuses completed.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz won Iowa  with Donald Trump placing second in the GOP. Once in New Hampshire, Trump took the lead with John Kasich in second, and Cruz in third. For the democrats, Hillary Clinton won Iowa by a coin toss. In New Hampshire,  Bernie Sanders won significantly above the margin of error with Clinton in second.  

Despite being an unfortunate blow to the Clinton campaign, New Hampshire shares many of the same policies of Vermont, the state Sanders represents in the Senate. Clinton is also very popular in the Southern states which have their primaries right around the corner.

In Nevada, Clinton took the win with 52 percent of the vote and in South Carolina, Trump won, however, he barely managed to keep his two digit lead on all other Republican candidates.

It has already been a tumultuous election season, even only two months in.

From Trump’s outlandish and vile remarks, to Clinton’s emails, to Sanders’ Democratic Socialist ideals, the candidates have plenty to offer.

The Republican candidates have been known for their rude and snide comments about each other, however, in a recent democratic debate, the democrats decided to spice things up.

The issue was Clinton’s and Sanders’ progressive credentials. Both came after each other with full force.

Clinton accused Sanders of a poor voting record for achieving substantial gun control, while Sanders called out Clinton on receiving a fat check from Wall Street in exchange for giving three talks.

Elsewhere, on a Texas ranch, Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia past away of a heart attack. This untimely event has further pushed the chaos of politics. Democrats want Obama to choose a nominee before his current presidential term ends. However, Republicans want the next Supreme Court nominee to be chosen by the next president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that it would be inappropriate for the President to nominate a justice with 2016 being an election year.  To rebut McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said that it is the constitutional duty of the President to do so.

The White House agreed with Reid, stating that it would be nominating a qualified replacement for Justice Scalia in a timely manner.

2016 is a year of much uncertainty; only time will tell the events that are yet to come.

Written by Vivek Monteiro

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