April 26 was the day of Connecticut’s Primary, where two Democratic candidates, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, fought to gain delegates in order to have their name on November’s presidential ballot.
Hours after the Republican winner was announced, Sanders and Clinton remained undecided, at one point being as close as 50 percent and 49 percent, respectively.
After a close night, Clinton was announced the winner of Connecticut’s Democratic Party.
State voters most likely opted for Clinton because of her opinions on gun laws, and that they need to be controlled. After the tragedy of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, Clinton has presented herself as the strongest candidate to take control on this issue. The Democratic winner had Erica Smegielski, daughter of Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School killed in the shootings, featured in her campaign commercials claiming, “Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that has what it takes to take on the gun lobby.”
While Clinton is fighting for gun control, Sanders was running on a slightly different platform. Although agreeing that there needs to be more gun control, he has publically supported an act for legal immunity for gun manufacturers, even while families of Sandy Hook victims have filed a lawsuit against the gun maker.
The issue on gun control has appeared to be a breaking point for Connecticut voters, which is most likely the main reason Clinton won over this state.
Megan Rosen, Staff Writer
Sophomore Megan Rosen is a staff writer for the 2015-2016 Colonel. She is on the volleyball team.