Following the results of two states for the Democratic nomination, Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders have become clear front-runners, knocking Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden down in the polls.
LSU students shared how the results could influence their vote and if they believe the results are representative of the whole nation.
“I don’t think anyone expected Pete Buttigieg to be out here winning Iowa of all places and he was confident doing it; called in before any of the caucus results were even in,” fourth-year student Codi Setters said. “It’s like him and Bernie at the top.”
Brooke: Who are you supporting for the 2020 election?
“Bernie Sanders,” fourth-year student Courtland Crouchet said. When asked why he supported Sanders, Crouchet said, “because he’s a socialist.”
“I kind of like Elizabeth Warren, but I’m kind of weird about her. Amy Klobachar is crazy. I don’t like Joe…I don’t like Biden. I don’t like Tom Steyer. Bloomberg doesn’t even count. I’m a Bernie girl,” third-year student Emily Gaffney said.
“Pete stood out, but not in a good way,” third-year student Tre Steptoe said.
Third-year student Madison Chatellier gave a confident response for President Trump when asked who she would support in the 2020 election.
Late-bloomer Michael Bloomberg, who is solely focusing on Super Tuesday states, received support from students.
“I just took the isidewith.com quiz yesterday actually so very convenient, and I didn’t realize, but Michael Bloomberg and I have very similar views,” second-year student Austin Wade said.
Brooke: What’s your prediction for who will get the nomination?
“I would imagine… I don’t know. It’s kind of confusing right now,” third-year student Jacob McManus said. “I thought Joe Biden, but based on these recent results, I’m not as sure anymore.”
Brooke: Since he (Biden) has not done well in Iowa or New Hampshire, are you still supporting him, or are you just going to go with the majority?
“No, absolutely, I’m still supporting Uncle Joe,” fourth-year student Caroline Rhodes said. “He’s who I’ve wanted since Day One, and he’s who I’m going to stick with this year.”
The results of Iowa and New Hampshire still cause some to question how these states represent most Americans.
“So I personally think that the early states are super unrepresentative of the rest of the country, especially demographically,” second-year student Kaylee Valencia said. “Like New Hampshire, is 94 percent white, which is most definitely not representative of the rest of the nation. I think when we get to the southern states and to the Midwest, we’ll see a lot more success with more moderate candidates and candidates that aren’t necessarily just a single issue.”
Thirty-three percent of delegates will be allotted on the Super Tuesday primary. It will be interesting to see how each candidate fares, as Buttigieg leads by only one delegate in states that account for less than 4 percent of the total number of delegates.
Super Tuesday is March 3, so be sure to follow Tiger TV for updates on the campaign trail.