Parallels in Election 2016?

2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year. With almost two dozen Republican Presidential candidates and a handful of Democrats, it is difficult to keep up with the exceedingly wide playing field. However, there are a lot of parallels that can be drawn between the current polls and the candidates on both sides of the aisle.

Donald Trump’s campaign for the Republican nomination has entranced many Republican voters, even considering his language and comments towards both women and immigrants. According to recent polls, Trump has 40 percent of the vote in New Hampshire, far surpassing all of his contenders.

On the other hand, Bernie Sanders’ campaign has seen a lot of success in the recent months. Sanders has led Hillary Clinton, the supposed front-runner for the Democratic nomination, by seven points in a recent New Hampshire poll.

What exactly is happening? Hillary Clinton was expected to have the nomination with little to no difficulty, while Bernie Sanders was viewed as, at best, a footnote in the nomination process. Republicans are scrambling to defeat the Trump campaign, including Jeb Bush. Establishment politicians are having it rather hard this election cycle.

And that is precisely the point. Both fields seem to be gravitating more towards the candidate that seems to be the most authentic, as opposed to the names they are already more than familiar with. A lot of people like Trump evidently because ‘he speaks his mind’ and ‘he doesn’t hold back’. The same is true relating to Sanders as well, who publicly embraces being a Democratic-Socialist.

Authenticity has quickly become an important factor in this election. The typical model most politicians have followed for their respective party simply is not enough to win the election.

As voters, it’s becoming more and more apparent that the same cut-and-dry politician does not satisfy what the general electorate wants in its government.

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