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Presidential Election 2020 Closer Than You Think

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The upcoming 2020 Presidential election is already heating up as multiple fresh faces as well as familiar ones appear as candidates. There are currently thirty-two Democratic nominees, three Republican nominees, including President Trump, as well as one Independent nominee. The tiring list of Democrats running include four women, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand.

One of the most notable candidates running for office is Democrat Bernie Sanders. The seventy-seven year old Democrat is known for his radical platform and even socialist agenda, as conveyed during the 2016 Election. His notable views on Medicare-for-all and a $15 an hour minimum wage set him apart from other candidates and proved to make him popular among young progressives.

“We began the political revolution in the 2016 campaign, and now it’s time to move that revolution forward,” Sanders regarded towards his running (NPR.org).

Sanders is already topping many polls, as Americans are already familiar with his drastic views and familiar face. The same is true for former Vice President Joe Biden, as voters know his political platform.

Even though Biden has announced his running for office, he has expressed for desire to keep close to his family, especially grandchildren. “Family is the beginning, the middle and the end. Everything revolves around family,” Biden said (NBC News).

Another notable candidate is Democrat Kamala Harris, who became the second African-American woman to be elected to the senate. She is an avid Civil rights activist whose main point is, “Any fight—any good fight—is born out of optimism” (Kamala Harris.org).

While the immense number of Democratic candidates may initially seem empowering to the party, the long list could actually do the opposite. With so many running, votes will obviously vary candidate to candidate, and one may not outshine another. While for the Republican candidates, since there are only three as of currently, each person running may receive a greater number of votes solely due to party identification.

The rest of the year will be interesting to spectate how the notable candidates behave and convey their desired direction for the country.

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Erin is senior who has attended LCA for 5 years.  She played varsity volleyball for one year, but now enjoys spending her free time with friends and family,...

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