New Hampshire Primaries

Leonard Blachly-Preston

 

Another political shock! The New Hampshire primaries held surprises and a new voting record for the democratic political party! In New Hampshire, the voting record was an all-time high! Seventh-grade Humanities teacher Leopold Spohngellert was one of the people who went and knocked on doors, asking people to go out and vote, so we can get a strong democracy for the 2020 presidential elections. 

Mr. Spohngellert said that he went to knock on doors and get people to vote because, “I felt this was a really important election, and I’ve knocked on doors in the past, and it was a really fun experience, so my friends and I got in the car and drove up to New Hampshire. Saturday morning, we went to a campaign office, and they trained us how to knock on doors,” he said.

Mr. Spohngellert was determined to rouse people to go and vote, but with this experience came a few difficulties.

“The first door we knocked on went great. The man who came to answer the door was very friendly, and happy to vote in the election. He even invited us into his living room so we wouldn’t have to stand in the cold. Then the next few houses, no one was home, and then, coming down from the porch, I slipped on some ice that was on the steps and scraped my knee,” he said. 

Mr. Spohngellert also faced the difficult task of convincing voters to go vote.

“Some voters were not interested in voting and weren’t sure they could get enough time off from work to go to the polls. So we had to convince them that it was important to vote by asking them about the issues they cared about, and we had to convince them that those issues would be relevant in the election. I was really happy when a few people said they would go vote. We had to keep track of everything they said on an app,” he said. 

The results of the election were almost as shocking as the ones of the Iowa caucuses, but this time there were surprises for both Republicans and Democrats. An election that was important to President Trump in 2016 was thought to be an easy pass for him in 2020, but the total win was interrupted when William Weld collected almost 10 percent of the popular vote. The Republican voting chart looked like this:

Though it seems clear that Trump is dominating the Republican party, there has been a loss of support for him after he failed to receive over 90% of the popular vote in New Hampshire, even though all of the republican delegates pledged their vote toward him. Three days after the primary, Trump’s support has dropped by almost 0.5%. It doesn’t seem like much, but considering how many supporters the president has, he has lost the support of over 1 million people, which seems great for the Democrats’ campaign against him.

Joe Biden, the former vice president under Barack Obama also suffered a huge setback, and now in back to back primaries he has come in fourth and below. He is losing support, and his last hope is the next primary and a big Democratic presidential candidate debate. If he is to have another failure, statistics assume that he will have lost over 10% of his support, which means he may need to drop out of the race, which will, unfortunately, discourage many people to vote, because many African-America people look up to him since he served under Obama, the first president of color.

On the other hand, two campaigns that are going very well are those of Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. They stand atop the charts of national standings. They have both come in first in one primary, and second in another one. Buttigeig now stands atop the charts, because he has one more pledged delegate, which means that one more delegate from one of the two states who have held their primaries (Iowa and New Hampshire,) have pledged their vote towards Pete Buttigieg. Bernie Sanders is one behind, having one less pledged vote toward his campaign. 

Another shock concerning these two is that Sanders actually has more votes than Buttigieg, but because of our system, the popular vote doesn’t count as much as the delegates vote, which is unfortunate to the democracy of our country, because then, the candidate the people choose may not end up as president. On the other hand, this means that a younger generation of candidates may be inspired to run for office if Buttigieg wins, since he is only 37 years old, and younger leaders may mean a solution to our climate crisis.

Sanders is very old, and recently suffered a terrible heart attack, but he has had more experience as a leader, so it has been a common debate of young or old for office.

Who do you think will win the election?