Many of the major topics raised in this election year will have a tremendous impact on Americans’ everyday lives. With immigration policy, Supreme Court nominations and gun control the most prominent issues, there is another that could affect students and first-time voters the most: the cost of college. “It’s definitely one of the biggest things that will impact who I vote for,” said Mackenzie Banks, a political science and James Madison senior at Michigan State. “I’ll be starting law school next year, and any help with decreased tuition costs would be great.”
Banks said he was a supporter of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders before he dropped out of the presidential race. Sanders was an advocate for free tuition at public universities and was a popular candidate among young voters.
If one were to look at the polls for the presidential race in Michigan in August 2016, only one conclusion was possible: Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had it in the bag. As the presidential race wound down and months went by, polls in Michigan grew less predictable , though many remained in Clinton’s favor. In the Detroit Free Press poll from July 30 to Aug. 3, Clinton was on the heels of her Democratic nomination and sat comfortably 11 points above Republican candidate Donald Trump. Trump’s national and state wins on Nov.
In buildings across Michigan State University’s campus, hundreds of students stood in lines that wound around buildings. The wait to vote was sometimes longer than two hours. One thing was clear: passion drove students to fill campus polling locations.
Zero point six miles separate the presidential campaign offices in Lansing, Michigan. But in terms of policy, the two cannot be on further apart on the political spectrum. The two offices have been busy phone banking and canvassing each day leading up to the election. “I let them know why I am interested in supporting Hillary,” said Rose Hunt, a volunteer for the Clinton campaign. “And then we find out whether or not they’re interesting in coming out to volunteer to do phone banking, telephoning calls.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at Michigan State University on behalf of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign. I spoke to Sanders supporters on their feelings on Clinton, Sanders and the Nov. 8 election. [View the story “Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at MSU on behalf of Clinton campaign” on Storify]
EAST LANSING, Mich. – On Thursday, Oct. 6, Sen. Bernie Sanders held a rally to generate support for Hillary Clinton at Michigan State University. Clinton is the Democratic Party’s nominee in the upcoming presidential election. Sanders sought to persuade millennial voters who supported him in the primary election that Clinton shares his political views.