If Only Millennials Voted, the Outcome Would Have Been Different

Author: Michelle Ioannou, Current Events/Politics

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That’s right, millennials, we let our voices be heard. If it was only millennials who voted in the election, Hillary Clinton would have won.

Now, you might be saying – wait, how did we let our voices be heard if the candidate that we wanted didn’t win? Well, let me tell you.

We let our voices be heard by getting out there and voting. We let our voices be heard so loud that people thought it would be worthwhile to share the results of what would have happened if only our generation had voted. And, we let our voices be heard by all, with both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama addressing millennials in their speeches today.

And that is something to be proud of.

Just look at this map. This is what our generation wanted to make happen and tried to make happen.

Yes, of course, this map can cause anger. Why should we go out and vote if the person our generation wants to win doesn’t win anyway? Well, we should go out there and vote because it’s our civic duty, and because change won’t happen by sitting at home. We should go out there and vote so our voices are heard again, like they were heard this election season.

The fact that Hillary would’ve won by a landslide is not something that should go unnoticed, either. Millennials, the majority of us are working towards the same goal. We want to see the same issues addressed in our country. We want to work together and support each other.

Now, should we give up just because Hillary didn’t win? No. She said it to us today in her concession speech.

And to the young people in particular, I hope you will hear this—I have, as Tim (Kaine) said, spent my entire life fighting for what I believe in.

I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks. Sometimes, really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers—you will have successes and setbacks too.

This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.

The fact that this is what the map looked like if only millennials voted should give us hope for the future. I don’t say that in an “only Democrats will win from now on” way at all. I say it in a “we as a generation are coming together to make the world a better place” way.

The fact that so many millennials showed up to vote is amazing. It shows that we care about this country, and what happens to it. It shows that we want to support our candidate, and support each other.

Yes, it is rough to see that if only our generation had voted the outcome would’ve been different. It can be very discouraging. But don’t let it be. The future is ahead for us to continue to try to change things for the better.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

Hillary’s Emails: How Things Stand on Election Day

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Current Events/Politics

We’ve already spoken about and all know about Hillary Clinton’s email investigation. But now, we have new news — just in time for Election Day.

On November 6, F.B.I. director James Comey announced that Hillary won’t be indicted as a result of any emails that were found on her server from last week’s investigation. In the words of the New York Times, the announcement was Comey’s “November Surprise.”

After nine days of concern that the F.B.I.’s review of Hillary’s newest string of emails would not be completed prior to Election Day, the emails were classified as “personal messages” as well as “duplicates of ones that the bureau had previously examined during the original inquiry.”

Of course, we have more questions. Such as…

How do the polls look today?

Good ‘ol Five-Thirty-Eight indicates that Hillary has a 71% chance of victory, up from 65% on Sunday night. Additional polls had her taking Nevada as well as the swing states of Florida and North Carolina. That would make this somewhat of a blowout. And it is duly noted that these polls are post-Comey announcement.

Will this news cause a last-minute change in the minds of voters?

As of November 7, The Telegraph reported a surge in support for Hillary from Hispanic voters. Additionally, the announcement is “expected to help her even further.”

What kind of backlash is Comey facing?

First, he had backlash from the Democratic camp when the announcement was made last week. His recent round of backlash came from the Republican camp, as its members were less than thrilled that the Democratic candidate had been cleared of any potential wrongdoing.

And what about Donald Trump?  

Well, he still think’s Hillary’s guilty of something…but we’re not entirely sure what…

How does Hillary feel about the situation?

She was definitely troubled with Comey’s actions last week, that’s for sure. This week, we’ve heard from her campaign – a rep indicated that she’s “glad it’s resolved.”

Was this whole investigation really necessary?  

Both sides have weighed in. The Republican camp will tell you it was necessary and is collectively disappointed with the outcome. The Democratic camp – starting with President Obama – will tell you that “the F.B.I. goofed.”

This investigation, if nothing else, proves that even when a historic Presidential race is down to the wire, anything can happen – and those surrounding the candidates will pull out all the stops to either boost their side or wreck the other. Listen up. Choose wisely. And vote today.

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

Why This Year’s Presidential Election is so Important for Millennials

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

In four days, arguably one of the most important Presidential elections ever will be decided. It pits the highly qualified Hillary Clinton against the dangerously unqualified and irretrievably repugnant Donald Trump.

This election shouldn’t be viewed as one that’s about party affiliation, since Trump isn’t actually a Republican and Hillary isn’t as progressive as most left-leaning voters would like her to be.

Instead, this election should be viewed as the electorate standing up and making sure this country doesn’t elect a demagogue – someone whose presence in the White House and finger on the nuclear button should scare anyone, living in the United States or not.

And for millennials, who will make up roughly 31% of the electorate, this thing could be decided by us.

So ask yourself these questions…

If you have kids or plan to have them one day, would you want to explain to them why you voted for Trump or didn’t vote at all? Would you want to convey exactly why you didn’t do all you could to prevent an unhinged man who has disdain for nearly every flavor of life from becoming the leader of the free world?

If you’re middle or upper-middle class, do you want to see the biggest tax breaks continue to go to the wealthiest one percent of the country?

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If you have family members or friends who are in the military and/or who are the appropriate age to serve, would you want to potentially put them in danger due to the whims of Trump, who has stated (and retracted) his call for the military to commit war crimes? And who has stated (and not retracted) his admiration of dictators?

I could go on and on about the ways Trump would put this country and potentially the world in peril, but then the following would get lost…

A week ago, Hillary – according to FiveThirtyEight – had about an 84% chance to win the election. As of Thursday night, her percentage was down to 66.5%.

Why has her percentage dropped so much? Part of it has to do with the absolute nonsense that was started by F.B.I. Director James Comey, who vaguely said the F.B.I. would be examining emails found on Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s laptop – and the media who irresponsibly covered this non-bombshell.

Part of it has to do with some Republicans finally deciding (per the polls) to “come home” and vote for Trump.

And part of it probably has to do with bad polling data, which could be making this thing seem closer than it actually is.

But if you want to help stave off what could be not just an embarrassment, but a calamity, heed the words President Obama has been using while stumping for Hillary. Don’t boo, vote!

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

Hillary’s Emails: Our Questions

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Current Events/Politics

We’ve heard more buzz about Hillary’s emails. For those who have been out of the loop, here’s what we know (according to the New York Times):

  • On Friday, October 28 (a convenient 11 days prior to Election Day) F.B.I. director James Comey claimed to find more emails, of which he explained the substance was unknown, that were tied to the first string of questionable emails found on Hillary’s server. The charges related to those emails were dropped back in July.
  • The F.B.I. will investigate the new string of emails.
  • The emails are somehow tied to to the computer former congressman Anthony Weiner, who is the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, better known as Hillary’s second-in-command aide.
  • Comey declared back in July that he would investigate further probes should they come to light.

Taking what we know, here are our questions:

Does it matter?
Well, that’s up to you. But here’s what some of the experts have to say:

  • Back in July, USA Today declared Hillary’s emails a “non-scandal” and wrote that a report compiled by the F.B.I. indicated that the State Department server was “susceptible to cyber attacks both before and after” Hillary’s time as Secretary of State.
  • Final Presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace has stated “this is a big deal,” that Comey did not want to reopen the case of Hillary’s emails – and “for him to do that now, just 11 days before the election – and I can promise you, he read the calendar just like all the rest of us – this has to be substantial.”
  • Hillary herself has indicated that it does not, in fact, matter. She stated that is “deeply troubling” for Comey to reopen the case with 11 days to go, and her campaign chairman John Podesta accused Comey of, ironically, not following protocol.

Has Donald Trump weighed in?
If by “weighed in,” you mean that he called it a “big bombshell,” and accused Hillary supporters of bribery…then yes.

How will this event affect the millennial vote?
Before this latest round of email probes, Hillary had the lead in millennial polls – but some were just indicating they would vote for her out of fear of a Trump Presidency, and still had reservations about her emails. As of an October 30 poll, Hillary still held the lead for millennials, but it dropped six percentage points from 68% to 62%.

Unfortunately, the numbers don’t tell us the reason for the change, leaving it up to us to decide if the emails played a part.

You’re going to hear a great deal of speculation in the remaining days left until November 8. Do your absolute best to listen to the facts – but stay informed. Know what’s going on. It’s more important now than ever.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.

The Polls and Projections Tell the Story: The Presidential Race is All But Over

Author: #NAMB Guest Author, Current Events/Politics

While Hillary Clinton crisscrosses the country campaigning and Donald Trump does the same while stopping off to christen a new hotel, it seems the Presidential race is over.

As of Thursday afternoon, FiveThirtyEight gave Hillary an 83.8% chance to win the election.

FiveThirtyEight’s prediction model is based on the historical accuracy of election polls since 1972. They value state polls over national polls, and the model is “trained to be conservative in reacting to” statistical noise or short-term bounces.

In order to make their predictions, FiveThirtyEight collects, weights and averages the polls before adjusting them. They then combine the polls with demographic and economic data. Finally, they account for uncertainty before simulating the election thousands of times.

Translation: FiveThirtyEight is the go-to when it comes to predicting this race, and they have Hillary as close to a lock.

Now for some context…

Final Presidential Debate Between Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Held In Las Vegas

On July 30, FiveThirtyEight’s forecast gave Trump a 50.1% chance to win the election. And as late as September 26, Trump still had a 45.2% chance of winning. By October 8, when the video of Trump’s lewd comments came out, Hillary already had an 81.6% chance of winning. So a blowout just turned into a bigger blowout, which was helped by Hillary’s victories in all three debates as Trump melted down.

Currently running alongside FiveThirtyEight’s overall general election prediction is a state-by-state breakdown of the potential outcome for each state.

Hillary is demolishing Trump on the West Coast and East Coast, where she’s expected to win every state but two in relatively comfortable fashion. The only East Coast States Trump is favored in are Georgia and South Carolina.

The above means Hillary is expected to take the all-important swing state of Florida. She’s also expected to win swing states Pennsylvania and Ohio.

This looks like not only a win, but an electoral college blowout in the making for Hillary. In the meantime, Trump has been bellowing for over a week that the election is rigged and that the polls are nonsense and also rigged.

What’s hysterical is that the same polls Trump is discounting now are the ones he lauded when his results with them were positive.

In any event, while it seems that Hillary is well on her way to victory, voters who are fearful of Trump can absolutely not get complacent and stay home.

Early voting indicates a great trend for Hillary, and if that continues through Election Day, she’ll be measuring the White House drapes before midnight on November 8.

 

Disclaimer: The political views presented in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.