New Hampshire Primary

By Josh Gray

On February 9, voters in New Hampshire decided which candidates the delegates of their respective parties would vote for to represent them in the 2016 Presidential election. The New Hampshire Primary election was only the second Primary for the 2016 Presidential election, after the Iowa Caucus. Foreign policy, immigration, and the economy were among the topics discussed in the debate before the election. The election resulted in Bernie Sanders winning the majority of the votes (15/24) for the Democratic Party, and Donald Trump winning the majority of the votes(10/24) for the Republican Party. Hillary Clinton was second among Democratic candidates with (9/24) votes. John Kasich was second among the Republicans with (4/24) votes.

The candidates have differing viewpoints on the many different topics, which may have affected the vote. On immigration, Bernie Sanders would serve to protect immigrants, and as President he would “dismantle inhumane deportation programs and detention centers.” It would also become easier for a “fair legislative roadmap to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented immigrants.” Hillary Clinton wants to expand the immigration system by passing the D.R.E.A.M Act and the S.O.L.V.E. Act, which would support immigrants becoming citizens. Both Sanders and Clinton want to unite other major countries, including Russia, to fight ISIS.They are hoping that with the alliances, they can take down ISIS and other ISIS related groups.

The Republican candidates support seemingly opposite views than the Democratic Party. Donald Trump would like a wall to separate the borders. He has stated before that many immigrants are a part of organized crime. He would also make deportation a priority for illegal citizens. John Kasich offers an alternative option, and strongly opposes deporting illegal immigrants. He also wants to secure the border, stating “we have to lock our doors at night in our country, as we do in our house.” Trump would also like to team up with Russia to defeat ISIS, and Kasich would stand up to ISIS by having an alliance with Russia and China. China’s collaboration would help Marines and Airforce, according to him. These two leading candidates from either party present contradictory viewpoints for any voter wishing to show up at the polls in 2016.

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