Being my first time outside of the US for the elections, communication back to my friends and family in Texas has shown light onto an interesting characteristic of this election from a traditionally conservative republican state; the “throwing” of votes at Clinton on the basis of party based voting for the intention of her to win the democratic candidate, but lose the election and for it to go towards McCain, the Republican candidate. This is based on the strategic plan to push for the weaker democratic candidate (Clinton in their opinion) so that there is a larger chance of a Republican being elected into office for the fiscal reasons. Most friends and family back home in support of the Republican candidates have also seemed to exude and attitude that against Obama, McCain wouldn’t stand a chance.
Pre-primary for Texas seemed to illustrate a divide between those voting for Obama as the stronger candidate, and those voting for Clinton in hopes of her winning, and in turn hopefully losing. With the primary results out, the divide was nearly 50% towards Clinton and 50% towards Obama. With Texas having the second largest amount of electoral votes in the nation (34), it could potentially have a strong effect on the outcome of the election depending on which way it leans.
I’m unsure of how my state will lean in this election with such a thin margin, yet the attitude from people at home in some way or another is the hope for change, progression, and a new direction. The youth in the US are speaking out and are predicted to have a higher percentage voting than previously seen, which is a great achievement for our generation and for the future of the following generations. Which candidate would be the best, I’m no longer sure, but if I have gained one insight into American elections from being in a UWC it’s this: the World is watching.
Kevin Irby (AC07-09)
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