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What if we had four candidates to choose from?

What if we had four candidates to choose from?

February 18
00:09 2016

Preston Mitchell | Staff Writer

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The New Hampshire primary is the latest in a baffling series of political competitions that saw Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump win their respective votes. Even though Sanders is technically an independent, his Democratic following continues to aid his success. Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, lost to Sanders by 22 points.

Not only does this contradict the predicted landslide, but it also shows left-wing America largely identifies with Sanders.

On the flipside, Donald Trump led the Republican vote while party favorite Ted Cruz came third below Trump and John Kasich. Despite Trump being the projected lead in this Saturday’s South Carolina primary, he still faces Ted Cruz’s resolute brand of conservatism. This is particularly the case since he’s made it clear of Trump’s past of supporting abortion.

Obviously, the politicians to watch are Sanders, Clinton, Cruz and Trump. While two candidates will most likely stand toe-to-toe, it is also possible that all four can run for president at once. In fact, what if someone on the right and the left both ran as independents?

Think about it: Bernie Sanders is an independent who chose to run Democratic. It just so happens that extreme liberal thought happens to compliment his plans. However, Hillary is a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat (almost by blood). If she starts winning primaries, especially since she’s so popular in South Carolina, Sanders could still run as a third party against her.

As for Trump, his freewheeling arguments make for a stark contrast between Cruz’s traditional methods of relating to his GOP crowd. His nemeses at the moment find it’s still possible Cruz could become the lead Republican candidate, leaving a large faction of right-leaning vote unaccounted for. Trump has enough financial savvy and influence (and general disregard for decorum) that he could leave the party at any time and run as an independent himself.

The first woman president; the first Jewish president; the first Latino president; the first B-list reality-series-host president: history will be made, one way or another.

Four candidates, each more polarizing than the last- it’s difficult to imagine a more exciting election season than that of two outsiders running against two establishment candidates, but it would surely be unlike anything for years to come. So, in the event that this long-shot circumstance finds its way to your living room television set this November, be sure to remember one thing: your vote counts.

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