Fun Fact: The first hamburger ever was served in New Haven in the 1800s. 

As the campaign for the 2016 Presidential election heats up, it is starting to become time for Connecticut politicians and voters to align themselves to one candidate or another. But the question is, what are Connecticuters looking for in the next President of the United States? Is it an outsider to the political world, who will bring years of expertise in other areas into the political arena?  Or is it an old name, reliable and historic, that the New England state is looking for? Despite being a “blue” state, Connecticut has a strong moderately Conservative backing. Given this tradition, of the 38 Republican candidates currently in the running, a few are stand outs as possible Connecticut nominees.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is a likely nominee in Connecticut currently largely due to the Bush family’s history in the state. Bush’s grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a Connecticut Senator, and much of the Bush family continues to have ties to the Constitution State. While some have ventured to say that Jeb Bush is not as conservative as some would wish for the Republican nominee, this may appeal to some of the 800,000+ unaffiliated Connecticut voters as well as moderate Republicans.

Nationally, Donald Trump has been a front-runner in the polls. It is difficult to say how the Republicans of Connecticut will respond to him, because while many of the Connecticut Republicans come from wealthier areas, Trump does intend for an income tax plan that would tax the rich the most, despite eliminating and reducing other types of taxes.

As far as other possible candidates, similar to national polls, it appears that Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, and Marco Rubio may have a place in the Connecticut vote. As Connecticut is a partial winner-take-all state, there is not a guarantee that one candidate will receive all of the state’s delegates at the national convention. Either one candidate receives all delegates by winning over 50% of the primary vote, or if no candidate receives over 50% of the vote, then the delegates will be distributed proportionally. I look forward to tracking the election further, and perhaps seeing one front-runner emerge to take that 50+% of the vote. 

Connecticut State Chair Bianca Chiappelloni, Class of 2018, is a Global Politics and Business Administration double major.