PITTSBURG, Ks. – As our nation waits for results from the 2020 presidential election, a handful of things are clear: Those landslide predictions were off and America remains a country divided.
“I think this election just kind of reflects some of those things: More competition, more polarization, but also as a consequence, higher turnout,” said MSSU Associate Professor of Political Science William Delehanty.
High voter turnout was certainly unique about this year’s battle for the White House, but so was the fact that we still don’t know the winner. That’s not typical for the information age but for many younger voters, including the PSU College Republicans, it was more weird than nerve-racking.
“I wouldn’t say it was crazy, more just weird because there really wasn’t any big events. No big surprises in my opinion,” said PSU College Republicans member Sam Tomelleri.
While many Americans were glued to their couches, these college republicans were busy at the Jake LaTurner watch party.
“I set my focus on the congressional race and the senate race in the state because I knew that the ballots wouldn’t come in for the national race until probably later,” said PSU College Republicans member Madalyne Reid.
For the PSU College Republicans, there was more anxiety the day after election day when Wisconsin and Michigan started to trend blue.
“We were looking for answers and we were giving our own theories on what was going on. What the secretaries of states were saying, what the news media was saying, we were taking all that in and making our best guess,” said the president of the PSU College Republicans Alex Timpe.
KOAM also reached out to the PSU Campus Democrats but they declined a face-to-face interview because of the pandemic.