This year will be a historic one, as it will be the first time that a woman has ever won the U.S. presidential election. In fact, with the exception of Hillary Clinton, all the major party nominees are men.
The Republican Party has nominated businessman Donald Trump for president, while the Democratic Party has selected former Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York Hillary Clinton. Trump has focused his campaign on the need to “drain the swamp” in Washington while Clinton has pledged to continue President Barack Obama’s agenda. This election might not be close to a straight race, as many observers have predicted, and could easily end up being a very competitive battle.
Who Will Win the 2016 Presidential Election?
The Democratic Nominee
Like most other years, the 2016 election will see the Democratic Party nominate a candidate in Hillary Clinton. The party chose the former Secretary of State and three-time Grammy nominee as its nominee because they felt she was the best positioned to defeat Republican nominee Donald Trump in the general election. She also has the added advantage of being the only experienced candidate in the race, as she served as the nation’s top diplomat under former President Obama from 2009 to 2013. She has also been a senator for New York since 2001.
As Secretary of State, Clinton implemented the President’s Women’s Initiative, which aimed to improve the lives of everyday American women and girls. She was also responsible for creating the U.S. Presidential Emergencies Fund, which helps communities hurt by natural disasters and emergencies. In addition, she was instrumental in the Obama administration’s decision to accept Syrian refugees into the country, an effort that has significantly altered the country’s culture and demographics.
In contrast, Trump has neither government experience nor any foreign policy credentials. He has no real plan or policy ideas beyond what he says on the stump, which makes him a walking contradiction. This is one of the major reasons why so many people, both inside and outside of the Republican Party, feel that he lacks the gravitas to be president. In other words, many people don’t believe that he is qualified for the job.
The Republican Nominee
The Republican Party decided to choose businessman and TV show host Donald Trump as its candidate for president after he dominated the early primaries by campaigning on a populist platform that resonated with working-class and middle-class voters. Since then, he has steadily increased his lead in the polls, mostly due to his controversial statements and his ability to attract voters who support him even if they disagree with his policies.
While many establishment Republicans have criticized Trump’s rhetoric and lack of policy specifics, the party has stood by their nominee and defended him against claims that he is unfit to be president. This has caused major rifts within the party, especially since Trump’s unorthodox candidacy has threatened to tear it down from the inside.
The most significant rift within the party since the beginning of the presidential election season came from the beginning of February 2016, when Trump criticized Senator John McCain for giving up on the effort to repeal and replace former President Obama’s health care law. After the Arizona Senator died of brain cancer, Trump issued a statement that he was “very unfortunate” that McCain succumbed to a disease he had once said was fake news. This broke with decades of diplomatic protocol, as the two had previously been allies. In addition, McCain had been one of the lawmakers working to repeal and replace Obamacare, and Trump had publicly called for his own health care plan during the campaign.
This particular incident soured many Republicans (and some Democrats) on the business mogul. It wasn’t the only time that his rhetoric had caused problems either. In December 2015, Trump had suggested that Sen. Lindsey Graham, a fellow candidate for the Republican nomination, was incompetent because he didn’t get the results that Trump wanted on gun control. Graham endorsed Jeb Bush for president after that, and Trump never forgave him for it.
The Smart Money Is On The Democratic Side
The Democratic Party will almost certainly go into the election with the largest national audience, as well as the most financially secure and organized base of support. This is in large part due to the sheer size of their party compared to the Republicans, whose base is more fractured.
This year, the Democratic Party will once again be led by a woman, and the fact that she is not a household name might actually work to her advantage. While Clinton is undoubtedly qualified for the job, she might not be viewed as an acceptable choice by as many voters as Obama was in 2008 or 2012. In other words, Clinton’s gender and previous government experience could both be major stumbling blocks in her campaign.
Still, even if she faces an uphill battle to get elected, the Democratic Party will be hard-pressed to find a candidate that can outperform Hillary Clinton. The party has an extremely wealthy and influential base that will be difficult for any outsider to match. As a result, it is safe to assume that the Democratic nominee will be the next President of the United States.
The year 2016 will be unlike any other, as it will be the first time in U.S. history that a woman has ever been elected president. In fact, with the exception of Hillary Clinton, all the major party nominees are men. The reason behind this is that the Republican Party decided to choose businessman and TV show host Donald Trump as their candidate for president after he dominated the early primaries by campaigning on a populist platform that resonated with working-class and middle-class voters. He also has the added advantage of being the only experienced candidate in the race, as he has run several businesses and hosted The Apprentice, a reality TV series. Trump has focused his campaign on the need to “drain the swamp” in Washington while Hillary Clinton has pledged to continue President Barack Obama’s agenda. This election might not be close to a straight race, as many observers have predicted, and could easily end up being a very competitive battle.