And Then There Were Five: The Republican Campaign Trail

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February 11, 2016

As you know, it has been a very long and excruciating process to presidency for all the 2016 candidates. Since the fall of 2015, the Republican candidates have been fighting for your vote in the nomination for our next president. At the start of the race there were a total of seventeen candidates for the Republican Party and many of them were hardly heard of. Now there are only five left in the nomination and it’s looking very promising for one candidate, unfortunately. This candidate is well known by anyone who does not live under a rock, and that candidate is Donald Trump.

As of now he has won three of four state primaries and caucuses and will more than likely have a lot more by the time this article comes out after Super Tuesday. Right now, it seems that Trump is unstoppable to many voters, and though that may be true, it could be changed with some sacrifice and some unity.

Now this is just a theory I have, that may or may not be true if it was to really happen. I believe it is possible for Donald Trump to lose the nomination if a series of certain events were to take place. There are a total of five candidates left for the Republicans that include Ben Carson, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and of course, Donald Trump. Now the views of the four candidates, excluding Trump, are much more similar to each other than the views of Trump. Specifically Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who are the most similar out of the bunch. For any of these candidates to have any chance at winning this nomination, some of their fellow candidates need to drop out. Since some more known candidates like Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christy, and most recently, Jeb Bush have dropped out, the remaining candidates numbers go up. At this point in the race, the only one that is anywhere close to the views of Donald Trump is John Kasich, with his stances on health care, entitlements, and immigration. So if and when Kasich drops out of the race, it is possible for his voters to veer toward Trump. But what people don’t really see is that for the most part, aside from some issues, Carson, Cruz and Rubio are alike. If two of those three candidates were to drop out then, I believe their voters and delegates would migrate to the remaining of the three candidates, since they are so alike. This has the potential to overcome Trump’s hype in this election and cause him to fall off the thrown of this new sit-com called “Whose Country is it Anyway?”

If someone were to ask me which candidate would do best out of Carson, Cruz, and Rubio I would honestly have to really ponder it. I think it would either be Cruz or Rubio. I do agree with Chris Christy on the whole 30 second memorized speech thing which really hurt Rubio in New Hampshire, and it really showed in the polls. But he does play really well to his audience on a good day, he just slips up if put under pressure. That’s why in that sense I would probably pick Ted Cruz because he has been doing well so far and is most likely to beat Donald Trump in the nomination with Rubio’s and Carson’s endorsements after the suspension of their campaigns.

I think it was a great idea that Cruz and Rubio tag teamed Trump at the last debate before Super Tuesday, but I also think that it is too late in the game for insults to sway a voter’s opinion. Something else needs to happen if these candidates don’t want to see Donald Trump represent the Republican Party in this presidential election. It really all comes down to who gets the most states on Super Tuesday to bump their campaign, and who will drop out after Super Tuesday’s results.

But is it too late to put an end to Trump’s triumph because, after Tuesday, there will be less than half the states left to do their primaries and caucuses? I guess we’ll just have to keep watching the polls, but remember, the voters are us.