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Panther Opinions on the Presidential Race

Students at South have varied opinions about the prospective results of the upcoming presidential primaries.

Following the Iowa caucuses, there have been some changes in the chances candidates have to succeed in the primaries to get the nomination.

The frontrunners for the Republican party are currently Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, but the results are still not consistent across the board. The Democratic candidates are Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.

The general consensus among students interviewed is that Clinton will be able to secure the Democratic nomination, even though the general support lies with Sanders.

“Everybody loves vanilla,” senior Adam Kriz said of Clinton.

Clinton is seen as a safe and moderate candidate by the voting populus. However, despite his more radical ideology, Sanders is ahead in the polls and won the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9 with 60.4 percent of the vote. Senior Shae Kessler said that Sanders has a better chance of getting the nomination after winning the Iowa caucus.

“Bernie cares about my rights so I care about Bernie,” Kessler said.

The Republican Party has nine candidates still in the running for the nomination.

In the Iowa caucus, Cruz came in first place with 27.6 percent, but was third in New Hampshire. Trump finished second in Iowa but was first in New Hampshire with 35.3 percent of the vote.

Marco Rubio and John Kasich have also been gaining more support, Rubio coming in third in Iowa and Kasich polling second in New Hampshire.

Seniors asked said that they believed that either Rubio or Cruz would be able to secure the nomination.

JD Nassab said that he would like John Kasich to get the nomination because Kasich is “fairly reasonable and moderate.”

The next Republican primary is in in Nevada on Feb. 20. The next Democratic primary is the same day in South Carolina.