Hillary Clinton: Our First Female President?

By Tina Lu

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With only days left before the 2016 Presidential Election, the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is getting closer than ever. Yesterday, New Hampshire changed from “Leans Democratic” status to “Tossup.” Georgia, too, became a tossup state, contrasting ts reliably Republican background. Days before, Utah and Ohio started leaning Republican, and Florida, which has the fourth most electoral votes in the United States, became a tossup state. Clinton’s chance of victory is still great—but it’s getting lower.

According to 270towin.com’s presidential election map, Clinton will easily get 250 electoral votes. But to win the presidency, she needs 270 votes. Battleground states like Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina, which can go either Democratic or Republican, will play a crucial vote in this upcoming election. If Clinton can win just Florida, she will be set to win the White House. So if you live in Florida, know that YOU can make a big difference, whether it’s by voting yourself or encouraging others to vote.

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How can we get Clinton into the White House?

The critical “tossup” states:

  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • New Hampshire
  • North Carolina
  • Maine 2nd Congressional District

The still-important “leaning” states:

  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Iowa
  • Ohio

Trump has the strong support of blue-collar white workers. However, Clinton appeals to historical minorities—Latinos, blacks, and women. Unfortunately, these minority voters also have historically low voting turnouts, which means many of those who fit into these demographic groups don’t vote, even though they can. So how do we get Clinton into the White House? Encourage your friends, families, and even acquaintances to vote! If you can get just ten people to turnout and vote, you can make a significant difference. In these battleground states, as few as fifty thousand votes are enough to push one candidate to victory. In 2012, Obama won Florida, which has almost 20,000,000 residents, with only a seventy-thousand vote margin.

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So yes, Hillary Clinton does have a great chance to be our next female president. Now, it’s up to YOU to make her chance into a reality.

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