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Election 2016: seniors to vote in historical race

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Senior Zach Swanson doesn’t mince words.

“I don’t like either candidate, but I think Trump is the lesser of two evils,” Swanson said. “I don’t want Hillary in the White House with the scandals she has been a part of.”

Senior Drew Bossi, who interns for Congressman Ruppersberger, agrees.

“If you look at Hillary’s scandals, from Benghazi to the emails to lying to Congress, I have a personal problem with that,” Bossi said. “Trump really stands out for his trustworthiness.”

But slightly more students support Clinton than Trump, according to an unscientific spot survey conducted during all lunch periods Oct. 10.

“Clinton has repeatedly shown outstanding moral character through the Clinton foundation, one of the best non-profit charities, and through admission of her mistakes,” senior Collin Stiers said. “Trump has shown a severe lack of morals, insulting every group of people, from racial minorities to women to the poor.”

Given the polarized nature of this election, some choose to remain anonymous over who they’re supporting and why.

“I’m voting for Hillary, because she seems like a much more responsible candidate, both in the media and to serve as a face for the country,” an anonymous senior said. “But I feel like there’s a stigma against voting for either candidate, and I have friends on both sides.”

As an alternative to the major parties, senior Donovan McCrodden opts for third party candidate Gary Johnson.

“The other two candidates are known as being very dishonest and that’s not the type of person I want as a president,” McCroddan said. “Johnson is an honest guy.”

McCroddan acknolwedged that he appreciates the power that comes with voting. He has also enjoyed the memes this election has supplied.

Though they can’t vote, underclassmen also have a stake in this election.

“Trump cares about our country and the direction that it’s going,” junior Spencer Kerns said. “His heart is in the right place, but people are misinterpreting him.”

History teacher Sean Bowmaster has been integrating election news into his lesson plans.

“This election is unique because you have an established personality, Hillary Clinton, and one
that has no political background and is really acting as a disruptor in the whole process.”

History and government teacher Julie Marx also noted the distinct nature of this election.

“It’s hard to say right now, but it seems like there are a lot of Republicans who are saying, ‘This is not my party any more,’” Marx said. “In AP Government, we talked about dealignment, which has happened over time as parties have become less powerful.”

Regardless of who they support, those who can vote look forward to having a voice in this election.

“The person who gets elected is going to be president for the first part of our adulthood when we are going to start paying taxes and be members of society,” Stiers said. “I’m glad I’ll be able to vote.”

Staff writers Vinny Arciaga, Will Behm, Grace Gary, Olivia Summons, Perry Harrington, Grace Schneider and Anna Yan contributed to this story.

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