The Battle of California Over


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Donkeys and elephants won’t be stampeding to California to campaign. Winning California is no longer the sparkling jackpot for candidates.

Prior to the Indiana primary May 3, the fate of the Republicans was uncertain. Yet, the front runner Donald Trump won, causing Ted Cruz and John Kasich to drop out. This has paved the way for Trump to become the presumptive Republican nominee.

Bernie Sanders on the Democrat side has pledged to stay in the race until July. Though his chances appear slim, considering the fact that Hillary Clinton is far ahead of him, his recent victory in Indiana has given his campaign the ammunition to continue the fight.

Pres girls are independent thinkers and vocal about their beliefs in politics, regardless of whether they are or are not of voting age yet. Many were excited for the California primary and said that it would be a determining factor in the race.

“I think it’s exciting that Californians will have a large voice in this primary election. Even though we are the largest state in terms of population, we hold our primary election later in the season so sometimes the front runners have already been established by the time we get to vote,” said SPA Officer Julia Botkin.  “This year, the California primary election will be important to both parties, given the tight races and the large number of delegates California possesses.”

Despite Sanders being behind, he continues to be a favorite among Pres girls. In a May 14 Voice poll, Sanders came in second among students, gaining 39.6% of hypothetical votes, trailing Clinton, who had 44.8%. Many have brought up Sanders’ authenticity and willingness to listen to the voices of young adults. They also tend to be widely in favor of the issues he focuses on such as social justice, income equality, and our current criminal justice system.

“Our country is becoming more and more of an oligarchy every day and it’s simply time to do something about it. That being said, it doesn’t look very good for my favorite millennial grandfather right now, so I will be supporting Hillary if she turns out to be the nominee in the fall,” says Senior Renuka Garg, a Sanders supporter. “Though I don’t agree with many of her policies, she is much preferable to either of the Republican front runners.”

While some Sanders supporters have pledged to support Clinton if that time comes, others feel that they would be unable to support Hillary in the general election.

“When it comes to Donald Trump and Hillary, it is a fight of who is more popular and who can insult the most groups and races,” says sophomore Cassandra Caron. “Bernie’s beliefs are new and can improve not only our country but our generation.”

Unsurprisingly for a California school, Pres is largely Democrat. But, we do have some classmates who are rooting for Trump, considering the fact that he is now the presumptive nominee.

Those who do support Trump are attracted to his bluntness and his message of, “Making America Great Again!” They also support his economic and immigration policies.

Senior Susan Popylisen supports Trump and his stance on immigration: “As a person who grew up in the Bay Area, I support any person who comes to this country legally and has the drive to find the American Dream. I feel that securing the borders would provide safer options of crossing the borders, as in many cases, families are swindled out of money, injured, etc. Trump’s ‘wall,’ whether it be metaphorical or not, will aid in the protection of the laws set in place in our country.”

However, Junior Ankitha Neelavar respects Trump as a businessman, but doubts his competency to be president, saying, “He lacks diplomacy, and from what I can see, whether it’s an act or not, he doesn’t seem like the type of man to be culturally aware enough to correspond with a lot of foreign countries in a way that isn’t offensive to some degree.”

The outcome of this primary election is pretty much set in stone on who will become the frontrunners. But, newly minted adults will still have the thrill of being able to cast their vote for the first time.