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March 11, 2016

Election 2016 remains competitive ahead of Ohio and Florida primaries

Essential question

How do people decide who they are going to vote for to be president?

Democrats Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders debated Wednesday in Miami where they clashed over immigration and the auto industry bailout. During Thursday’s Republican debate, frontrunner Donald Trump stuck by recent comments in which he said, “I think Islam hates us.”  The comments drew criticism from his opponents who said such incendiary comments will worsen the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims.

The atmosphere at Trump’s rallies have also drawn new attention when a man was charged with punching a protester at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Wednesday night.

Sen. Ted Cruz landed his first senatorial endorsement of the campaign on Thursday from Utah Sen. Mike Lee, which could potentially cut into Trump’s lead. Ohio Gov. John Kasich picked up the endorsement of Ohio State University football coach Urban Meyer and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which may give him a needed boost in Ohio’s Tuesday primary.

Key terms

endorsement – an act of giving one’s public approval or support to someone

primary — a preliminary election in which registered political party voters nominate candidates for office and choose delegates to attend their party’s convention

Warm up questions (before watching the video)

1)     What is an endorsement?

2)     Do you think Donald Trump will maintain his lead in the Republican field?

3)     Do you think Sen. Bernie Sanders will be able to catch up to Hillary Clinton?

Critical thinking questions (after watching the video)

1)     Do you think candidate endorsements in a presidential race affect how a person votes?

2)     How should Trump address the issues of how protesters have been treated at his rallies?

3)     If you had to vote for a candidate from each party, for whom would you vote? Explain why.

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