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2016 Election: National and State Races

Read candidate bios for races on Clarke County, Georgia, voters’ ballots. Contested races include those for U.S. President and Senate, as well as for a spot on the state Public Service Commission. Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote. Bring an accepted ID. And NO SELFIES! Candidates for United States President                     Georgia Candidates for United States Congress and PSC

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Another Woman Making History

Tomorrow, the U.S. may elect its first ever female president. But even if Clinton does win the election, she will not be the first woman to make history. Along with four other people, Katherine DuPre Lumpkin was honored in the GA Writers Hall of Fame on Monday, November 7. She is best known for her autobiography, The Making of a Southerner (1947). Relatives say that she was an advocate for those under economic and social oppression during that time. Her family was not always proud of her liberal ideas because of the ideologies…

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2016 Election 

Some Students Can’t Go Home to Vote

With the election around the corner, many Americans who haven’t already voted early will probably try to do so tomorrow. However, some students at the University of Georgia who aren’t residents of Athens may not have a chance to head back home and cast their vote. UGA student Larsen Vaughn says he won’t be able to make it back to his hometown of Macon tomorrow to vote. “Me being able to go home on the weekends once every couple of months is slim at this point,” said Vaughn. “Going home…

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Campaign Signs Vandalized in Athens

It’s only one day until election day and the national election polls are getting closer. Here in Athens supporters of both candidates are becoming frustrated because their signs have either been stolen or vandalized. Andrew Clyde, the Owner and CEO of Clyde’s Armory, has had 28 of the 50 Trump-Pence signs he purchased either stolen or vandalized. The Navy Commander says it’s frustrating that he fought for others’ rights and now they are impeding his. Warren Blackmon, an Independent, who put up signs on his property next to Mama’s Boy…

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The Red and Blue Map is Broken

Everyone with eyes in the United States has seen this picture at some point in the last few months. The problem with that image is that the surface area of red way over represents the Republican support in the country. A more accurate map (based in population) would look more like this: The same is true of the state of Georgia. This county by county map makes it look like Republicans have a huge majority over Democrats in the state. A more accurate map might look something like this, with…

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The Peach State Could Now be a Purple State

Recent polls have proved the state of Georgia to bleed purple instead of the traditional GOP red. This is just a fancy way of saying Georgia is a battleground, or swing state. Polls ran by multiple news outlets show that the Presidential Candidates, Donald Trump(GOP) and Hillary Clinton(D) are neck and neck in the Peach State. Although we won’t know the exact results of the election until tomorrow night, a local expert says that we can expect to see changes on the federal level if Georgia does swing to the…

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Donald Trump

Political party affiliation: Republican Party Presidential Nominee Incumbent or Political Novice: Donald Trump was well-known for being a reality tv star and a real estate mogul before he announced his run for presidency in 2015 Experience: Trump’s only prior political excursion began when he considered running for the Reform Party’s presidential nomination of 2000. He would gain momentary national spotlight from 2011-2013 when he expressed doubts about Obama’s country of birth. Major Platform Points: Mexico must pay for a wall enforcing the border between the U.S. and Mexico. Repeal the…

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Hillary Clinton

Political party affiliation: Democratic nominee for President Incumbent or Political Novice: Clinton has spent the majority of her life in politics positions ranging from first lady of Arkansas, of the United States, a U.S. senator, and most recently Secretary of State. Experience: Clinton ran for Democratic presidential nominee in the 2008 election but lost to President Obama. When she gained the nomination for the democratic party in 2016, Clinton became the first woman ever to represent a major party Major Challenges: Clinton has been under federal and congressional investigations due to her…

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Georgia U.S. Senate Race Faces Potential Run-off

This year’s Georgia United States Senate race has the potential to become a run-off. Republican Incumbent U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson is running against Democratic candidate Jim Barksdale and a more popular than usual Libertarian candidate Allen Buckley. Buckley’s popularity could throw a wrench in the works of Isakson and Barksdale’s campaigns. In Georgia, a candidate must receive at least 50% of the vote to get elected. If not, a run-off election is conducted. University of Georgia Political Science Professor Charles Bullock says Buckley has the potential to play spoiler. “There’s…

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