With fall approaching and election season heating up, it is becoming clear that people are choosing sides. There are a lot of things going on that indicate we may be in for a shift in the political landscape. The lines in the sand have been drawn, and after two historic terms, Barack Obama will leave office and voters will name another president. You should understand a few points about what is currently going on in the political landscape, so that you understand more about what to expect from the 2016 US elections overall.
The Republican Field
One thing for sure is that Donald Trump has been the most polarizing figure of the entire US presidential election landscape. His outspoken ways have garnered him plenty of criticism and praise alike. Those who criticize Trump see him as a substance-less candidate who is only ruffling feathers. He has made disparaging remarks about certain minority groups and has posed controversial ideas, such as building a wall to keep Mexicans out and to forbid Muslims from traveling in and out of the country. There have been a number of moments in recent weeks that Trump rallies have been scrutinized, due to them being canceled after being overtaken by protesters, certain individuals have been removed and Trump has made remarks that created headlines. When it is all said and done, Trump will be the most standout candidate in terms of notoriety and controversy, whether he ends up winning or not.
By the looks of polls and primaries, Trump will receive the Republican nomination, as other top candidates, such as Ben Carson, have already dropped out of the race, Carson in particularly, dropped out and yielded support to Trump. With Trump clearly leading the pack, it remains to be seen who he will square off against in the general election.
The Democratic Field
After the Democratic field has shaken out, it appears that there are two candidates left duking it out — Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Clinton has the backing of many years in the limelight of the political scene, and a near successful run for president prior to Obama taking office. Sanders has been a long time politician and activist, but has re-energized a segment of the voter base who believe he could be the change that the country needs on the political scene.
As you can see, whether you are voting Republican or Democrat, there are a lot of storylines that you can follow in order to see where you fit in, in terms of the political process. The primaries will run into the summer time, at which point the general election will begin in earnest and then heat up going into the fall. Take advantage of these points and use them in order to be sure that you are able to do your due diligence and learn more about how you should vote, depending on what you believe in from a political standpoint.