Campaign heats up as 2016 draws near

The path to the presidency is a bumpy ride, and as some candidates gain momentum, others are left behind. As the next debate approaches, some candidates find themselves unable to move beyond the mire of controversy, while others erupt onto the scene, rapidly gaining ground.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his withdrawal from the election last week. David Johnson, an Iowa state Senator and one of Perry’s top supporters, was quoted as saying, “Perhaps Governor Perry sees something that I don’t,” from an article by Theodore Schleifer for CNN.

During his withdrawal speech, Perry stated, “The conservative movement has always been about principles, not personalities. Our nominee should embody those principles. He—or she—must make the case for the cause of conservatism more than the cause of their own celebrity.” In an interview with FOX News’ Hannity, Perry cited fundraising issues brought about by the indictment against him in his home state of Texas, as well as the failure to make the main stage of the recent debate on August 6, as the primary causes of his withdrawal.

Hilary Clinton has fallen in the polls amidst continuing controversy. Since the FBI investigation began, support has gradually diminished for the former first lady. She has dropped 29 points, from 71 percent to 42 amongst Democratic-leaning female voters since July, long considered the foundation of her bid for the Presidency, according to a Washington Post poll.

Ben Carson gains more and more momentum towards the Republican nomination, quickly catching up to ride alongside Donald Trump, according to a New York Times poll. A former neurosurgeon with no political background, Carson has risen 17 percent in the polls in the last month, while Trump managed a 3 percent improvement.

Carson’s growing popularity reflects a trend amongst the American population. Recent polls have demonstrated the nation’s growing dissatisfaction with the current political system in America. According to a Washington Post/CBS News poll, only 23 percent of those polled believe that those in politics are trustworthy, while 64 percent believe that the current political system is basically dysfunctional.

Joe Biden’s indecision regarding whether or not he will enter the Presidential race this time around remains a lingering question amongst many voters, especially those that are Democrats. If the answer is yes, both Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders could see themselves dropping in the polls. According to a Washington Post/CBS News poll, Sanders faces only a 4 percent drop while Clinton faces a 14 percent drop, part of the continuing erosion of support she has suffered for the past several months.

The Democratic Party has begun to take steps to reorganize their own system of “super PACs” in an attempt to increase fundraising, according to a New York Times article by Nicholas Confessore. Plans were filed by several of the party’s top lawyers in an emergency request filed to the Federal Election Commission last Friday. A significant portion of these plans were several questions about the legality of certain tactics and practices typically used involving the function of “super PACs”. Whatever answers the party receives will determine whether or not the Democratic Party as a whole will adopt these same practices in the coming months.

John Sterling
Staff Reporter

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