Elections Viewed in New England


While the Caruso-Bass race will be close to conclusion by the time this article goes to print, I’m watching the same tensions play out in the swing state of New Hampshire. Political signs dot my daily walks, and I can recite the slogans of several famous ads such as “Too extreme for New Hampshire,” or “Bob Burns wants to ban abortion nationwide.”

For me, it’s been interesting to see the election play out in a swing state, compared to ocean blue California. Most of the attacks seem to focus on their opponent’s political party, and voter registration is mostly decked out in blue or red.

Back home, I just assume most people are Democrats; here, political disagreements are much more nuanced, and very rarely do people agree on most issues. Honestly, the mix has been a learning opportunity. The decisions made in New Hampshire will ripple throughout the United States, pushing or pulling Democrats and Republicans.

In Los Angeles, even though our elections feel so important, we are viewed as a solid blue cohort. In fact, I’m not too sure the rest of the country cares all that much.

Never have I seen an election so dependent on political parties as New Hampshire; while I could list most of the candidates' political parties, I could not say too much about their views. I’m very grateful that in dear Los Angeles, our elections depend on the person, more than blue or red.


By Julia Abbott

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