Clinton and Trump: Are They Shoo-ins for the Presidential Race?

Date: February 24, 2016

Clinton clinches the Democratic caucus victory in Nevada, while Trump continues to dominate the GOP primaries.

There aren’t many similarities between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but one thing is sure: Both candidates are on a roll.

Trump’s decisive victory in both Nevada and South Carolina and Clinton’s triumph in Nevada solidified the candidates as frontrunners for their parties’ nominations.

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In the Palmetto State, Trump dominated, receiving 32.5 percent of the votes and at least 44 of the state’s 50 delegates. Rubio and Cruz followed behind with 22.5 percent and 22.3 percent of the votes respectively.

Conservatives have flocked to Trump’s ideology of “making America great again” by repealing Obamacare, cutting taxes and developing strict policy on both border security and foreign affairs. In his victory speech in South Carolina, Trump focused on his goal to take down Obamacare.

“We’re going to terminate Obamacare,” Trump declared. “It’s dead. It’s not working. We’re going to go to a plan that’s going to be so much better and so much less expensive.”

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South Carolina also determined the ill-fated end of Jeb Bush’s run for president. The governor suspended his campaign after receiving only 7.8 percent of votes.

Give America Back to Small Business and the Middle Class

In Nevada, Clinton clinched another narrow victory over Bernie Sanders. This triumph gives her campaign “fresh momentum as she heads into the next contest in South Carolina on Feb. 27, where polls show her with a double-digit lead largely as a result of heavy support from black voters,” according to Reuters.

Moreover, early polls suggest Clinton will dominate in more states than just South Carolina. RealClearPolitics predicts Clinton will garner wins in Texas, Georgia and Virginia.

During her victory speech in Nevada, Clinton touted her plan to give America back to small business and the middle class.

“Imagine a tomorrow where every parent can find a good job, and every grandparent can enjoy a secure retirement. Where small businesses thrive, and big businesses play by the rules and give more back to the country that has given them so much,” she declared.

The presidential primaries will cause American politics to become more polarized, said Cathleen Decker of the Los Angeles Timesespecially as Clinton shifts more left to compete with Sanders, and Rubio, Cruz and Trump battle to be the most conservative.

“Whoever wins the presidency will step to the podium on the West Front of the Capitol next January and pledge to unite all Americans behind a common purpose,” Decker wrote. “After this campaign, however, that is far more likely to be rhetoric than reality.”

*Note: This news coverage does not equate to an endorsement of any candidate by NFIB. 

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