The Student Blog Post series invites students from my PLS 321: Electoral Process course to author their own blogs about recent election events.
With just a view more days before the 2016 election is over, the lead Hillary Clinton had, has declined this past week when the FBI decided to reopen her case regarding the government emails. Although Donald Trump has been as much as 14 points behind Hillary in the polls, Clinton might have to fight these last couple of days to stay in the lead. Sexual assault allegations initially hurt Trumps polling numbers. However, it is still up in the air who will win. Both candidates have become unpopular within their own parties, but across the electorate as well. One major issue that has come about is the publics lack of trust with these candidates. Despite the lack of trust issue, Trump still has the support of men and white voters, while Hillary has the support of women and ethnic minorities.
During the election, each state has a certain number of electoral votes, which is based on population. The candidate who wins the plurality of votes within an individual state, wins all the electoral votes of that states; a winner-takes-all system. The reason why this system is so important is because the nominees should be going to states that are favorable to that candidate. Swing states are important (e.g. Florida, Arizona, and Ohio). The nominees should be campaigning in these states.
Some might say that the Electoral College should not even exist. The reason for this is because of the unfair advantages some states get over other (e.g. Florida gets more attention than California in the Electoral College). Another reason is that in the Constitution itself, the Electoral College has no formal rules for how to award electors in each state. There should be more consistency.
Although the Republicans hold the power of balance in both the House and the Senate, it may look like the Democrats will be taking over if Hillary wins the election. Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has gone back and forth whether or not he should endorse Trump because he wants someone who will keep him in the House. Depending on who will win, determines which way the chambers will go.
Lauren Roman is a fourth year political science major.