Election 2016

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5 Takeaways From The Democratic Debate

Feb 12, 2016

In Thursday night's Democratic debate, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — each with one nominating contest victory — looked ahead to the upcoming primaries in Nevada and South Carolina. Here are a few of the big takeaways from the debate.

1. A focus on African-American issues

Thursday's debate may have been in Wisconsin, but the candidates seemed to be looking ahead to South Carolina. In their opening statements, both Clinton and Sanders nodded to issues that concern African-American voters.

Hillary Clinton may have suffered a big defeat in Tuesday night’s New Hampshire primary election. Going by the number of delegates she gained though, she came out in much better shape. Both Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won with a 22-point lead, walked away even, with 15 delegate votes each.

That’s left some supporters scratching their heads asking how that is possible. The answer is “superdelegates.”

As the Republican primary moves to South Carolina, political observers are predicting that the race could get nasty in the state that historically plays a major role in choosing the party's nominee.

"South Carolina is brutal. It's bare-knuckle. It is the toughest of tough political environments to play in," says Hogan Gidley, a former director of the South Carolina Republican Party.

After a razor-thin victory in the Iowa caucuses, and a double-digit loss to Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton is looking to South Carolina for a big win later this month. And she's counting on strong black support in that state to give her a definitive victory.

The Problems Plaguing Election Polls

Feb 6, 2016

The Problems Plaguing Election Polls

Feb 6, 2016

Des Moines Register

This week on Midwest Week - trying to make sense of this week's Iowa caucuses - the various interpretations of who might have won, and why anyone should care about the results.

Herb Trix's guest is Kathie Obradovich, political columnist for the Des Moines Register.You can also hear Midwest Week on WVIK, Fridays at 6:20 pm during All Things Considered. 

A group of voters talk in front of the Rock Island County building in October, 2014.
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Early voting for the Illinois primary election will begin Thursday, three days after the Iowa caucuses.

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

More than 100 republicans showed up to caucus at a middle school in Davenport last night. For many, it was their first caucus ever, and quite a few said they switched parties since the 2008 election.

Sam Dunklau

Registered Democrats at a Davenport precinct gave Bernie Sanders a 3-2 victory last night. At the Precinct D-42 caucus, held at Williams Intermediate School, 83 supporters lined up for Sanders while 63 lined up for Hillary Clinton.

 But the caucus didn't start that way. A bit of haggling came first. 

For many, such as 18-year-old Duane Sleet, it was their first caucus.   

On the other hand, veteran caucus-goer Alicia Cheek was "firmly" undecided.

Even a busload of high school students from as far away as Northwest Indiana made the trip to observe a caucus.

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