2020 Democratic Nominations

Story by Gabriela Odisio, Opinion Editor

As the world seems to be frozen in quarantine, with the global pandemic being the #1 topic of discussion, the assumption that the national political wheels are not in motion under the present conditions is far from the truth. While the possibility of them being done remotely is currently being discussed, the 2020 elections are still happening regardless of the method to be used, and candidates are preparing as they would on regular occasions.

With the Republicans already nominating the incumbent President Donald Trump in hopes for re-election, the Democratic Party is in the process of its primary and caucus events to decide on its 2020 candidate for President of the United States. 

Tracing back to 2017, a number of politicians and businessmen threw their names in the hat for next president, and have been campaigning ever since. However, as the nation approached the actual election date, candidates such as Elizabeth Warren, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, and Tulsi Gabbard started withdrawing their names one by one. With only Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden left on the run, each candidate’s campaign team scrambled to get the minimum number of 1,991 delegates by the DNC, Democratic National Convention, in August to be officially nominated.  

However, on Wednesday, April 8, Bernie suspended his campaign after suffering several losses to his opponent, as their delegate numbers despaired from 939 to 1,305 respectively. Thus, although Sanders’ name will still be in the ballot to collect delegates at the convention, Joe Biden is the presumptive candidate for the Democratic Party and will most likely run against President Trump in the 2020 elections.

Registered to vote on Tuesday, November 3, senior Sydney Levy is satisfied with Biden’s representation in the Democratic ballot and has an overall positive opinion regarding the DNC process.

“He wasn’t my first choice but I agree with most of his views,” said Levy. “I don’t like how the early voting states get to decide who the front runners are for the rest of the country, but I agree with the rest of the process”

On the other hand, junior Tara Trinley doesn’t share Sydney’s optimistic views towards this year’s election and does not agree with the nominating method used by the Democratic Party.

“I think state and local democratic chapters need to be more forward about how to fill out absentee ballots, especially in the primaries, so younger and working-class people have the awareness they need to get out and vote in a way that works for them,” said Trinley. “There’s also a lack of consistency between statewide elections and how primary votes are counted, allotted, and considered by state delegates. The DNC has the responsibility to either standardize the primary voting procedure or be transparent about what that procedure even is. If the DNC doesn’t, we’re going to keep seeing nominees that resonate less and less with the voter base of the democratic party.”

Included in the process of becoming a constructive citizen of society, it is imperative that the near and voting youth keep themselves attentive to the country’s political situation, consequently developing an intelligent critical sense, and through their voices, they will make this country a better place.

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