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Political Roundup: The Background Check
When we entered the election season back in the spring and summer of 2015, roughly 24 candidates were running for President. Now, nine are left. What happened in between can be messy and confusing, but once it's broken down, the election is fairly easy to follow. Regardless of your political beliefs, this 2016 election roundup will keep you updated on the goings on in politics.
So far, there have been multiple debates, caucuses, and primaries. What does this all mean? All of the debates have been pretty similar. The first Republican debate took place in August of 2015 with Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, and John Kasich. These ten men took the stage to let voters know who they are early on in the campaign season. Trump infamously spoke the longest, clocking in at ten minutes and 32 seconds, followed by Bush at eight minutes and 31 seconds. This debate was when Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly started feuding after Trump felt that Megyn Kelly did not act professionally during the debate.
He voiced his opinions on Twitter, and later told CNN "you could see that there was blood coming out of her eyes,
blood coming out of her whatever." This conflict came up later in the election, when Fox News hosted a second debate with Kelly as the moderator. After the first Republican debate, Rick Perry and Scott Walker dropped out of the presidential race.
The first Democratic debate, including candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Martin O'Malley, and Lincoln Chafee, took place in October of 2015. One of the more memorable moments was when Sanders interjected after a question about Clinton's email scandal. Sanders said that both he and the American people were "sick and tired" of hearing about her emails. This debate had a large effect on the social media platforms of Clinton and Sanders, the former gaining likes on Instagram, the latter gaining multitudes of followers on Twitter and likes on Facebook. After the first Democratic debate, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee dropped out of the presidential race.
After additional debates, similar to the first, three more Republican hopefuls dropped; Bobby Jindal, Lindsey Graham, and George Pataki. The next big event that the candidates faced was the Iowa Caucus, a crucial moment on the campaign trail and the road to the White House. Check back later to hear more about the 2016 election, specifically the recent primaries and caucuses!