Super Tuesday draws students off campus to vote for their favorite Democratic candidate

Many students voted for the first time in a primary

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By Leigh Appelstein, Collegian Staff

University of Massachusetts students left campus on Super Tuesday to cast their vote in the primary election. Out of six students interviewed, five voted for Bernie Sanders as their first choice for the nomination.

Voters in precincts four, five and 10, which included UMass students, exited the Bangs Community Center on Boltwood Walk after voting in the Massachusetts primary.

The primaries allow citizens to narrow down their choices to one candidate per political party for the general election in November. This year, the primaries  will determine who will be the democratic candidate to run against Trump in the 2020 election.

Sophomore math major Michael Curtin voted for Joe Biden primarily because of his view on climate change and because he is not as radical as candidate Bernie Sanders.

“This is my first time voting or even paying attention to an election,” Curtin said. “I find it interesting how Sanders looked like the front runner, but with Biden performing so well in South Carolina I’m not so sure, but I’m excited to see the results.”

Freshman Mackenzie Kelly, who is undecided in the Isenberg School of Management, voted for Bernie Sanders because she agrees with his views on health care, education and women’s rights.

“Bernie has always had a big pull on me as a college student,” Kelly said.

Freshman biology major Gregory Garber voted for the first time in the primary.

“This race is definitely more interesting and more exciting because it’s not so clear who is going to win the nomination,” he said

Garber voted for Sanders because of his tax policy regarding the very wealthy: “It’s good to give if you’re in a good position to do so,” he said.

Senior biology majors Ayushi Chotai and Bhumika Giri both voted for  Sanders because they supported his policies, but they also said that they would support any Democratic candidate that may win the nomination. The two students also said that college students lean more toward Sanders because of his education and healthcare policies.

“The race is interesting because there are three good candidates right now: Sanders, Biden and Warren,” Chotai said. “Whoever ends up the candidate, I’m confident [in], as long as Trump doesn’t win again, but I’m 75 percent confident that Bernie will win the nomination.”

Senior biology and anthropology double major Samuel Jones voted in his second primary election for Bernie Sanders because not only does he agree with his policies, but also because he believes if he wins the nomination, that he could also win the general election.

“He’s the only one that people perceive as having a coherent message,” Jones said. “He’s more focused on issues people can grasp.”

Leigh Appelstein can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @Lappelstein.