Over 5.5 million registered California voters cast ballots in the United States Presidential Primary Elections, and Bernie Sanders maintains his role as California’s pick. The final results took a surprising turn as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. swept up nine of the Super Tuesday states.
Super Tuesday, March 3, was the first primary day after the Iowa caucus, New Hampshire primary caucus, Nevada caucus and South Carolina primary in February.
With a large slate of democratic candidates, even after Buttigieg, Warren, Klobuchar and Bloomberg dropped out last week, the focus during this primary election appears to be on the Democrats. Super Tuesday is also a time where Republicans can go out to vote for their presidential candidates.
Political Science Professor at California Lutheran University Haco Hoang said it is important that the youth population turns out as it can have a negative consequence if voters do not participate.
“All of these decisions are ones that you guys are going to inherit whether you think it affects you. It might not affect you today but you inherit all of them,” Hoang said. “These are all checks that are being written today that you guys will have to cash in the future. I know as collegians it’s hard because you kind of think in the short term because you are in college and it is a transition in your life.”
Cal Lutheran student Lilian Teran Mendoza said it is important for minorities to vote, and that she is motivated to represent her heritage and make a change through participating in the elections.
“Selecting a candidate is crucial to determining whether we are going to be electing a president that we want,” Teran Mendoza said. “The hard thing is that if people want to participate in the political process they will and you can try as hard as you like to encourage people to participate but at the end of the day you cannot force them.”
Meanwhile Cal Lutheran political science student George Khoury, said he thinks it is wrong for people to believe choosing a strong candidate from the democratic party must be measured by who can bring down Trump rather who can implement better policies.
“I think even though there are so many factors people should consider, or that people can consider, it should not stop you from voting for the person that you think would do the best,” Khoury said.