by Junelly Gonzalez
The Political Science Student Association [PSSA] hosted their Election Watch Party on Tuesday, November 4 at 7 p.m. at the Coal Ben. Coal Ben filled with political science majors, minors and other civically involved students. The intent of the meeting that night was to see the results for the U.S. and State elections.
They provided the attendees with treats such as mozzarella sticks, chicken wings, pizza, and chips and salsa as they watched the elections live on television.
“It was a relaxing atmosphere where people could talk about and watch the results,” said the President of PSSA, Hashim Arain.
The winners were revealed by the end of the night.
Bruce Rauner was elected Illinois’s new Governor, winning with 50.8% of the vote. While democrat Pat Quinn lost to him with 45.9% of the vote.
The Republican Party won the role of the new Illinois governor by electing Bruce Rauner. This is different from years past because Illinois, as a state, is usually democratically controlled when it comes to the House of Representatives and Senate. This means Governor Rauner will have to work with the Democrats in order to get the problems that he wants to see change, fixed in this state.
“At first, I was incredibly disappointed with the election of Bruce Rauner. To be honest, I still am. However, I am interested to see how Governor Rauner handles all the situations in Illinois. Hopefully he can “Shake up Springfield” as his slogan says,” said Sarah Ray, a member of PSSA.
The viewing audience had mixed feelings about the election of Illinois’s new governor.
“It is hard for the people of Illinois to trust Pat Quinn. We have the worse credit rating in the country, billions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities, mass killings in Chicago and a speaker who has served 30 years through all this. It is hard for the people of Illinois to trust Bruce Rauner. Is it possible for a 1% multibillionaire to represent us who are “just getting by,” said Ryan Poro, a junior political science major.
“ I don’t know. It will be interesting to see how governor Rauner gets the job done and leads Illinois into the future.”
The Federal Government has a different dynamic now that the U.S has a Democratic President and a newly Republican controlling the House of Representatives and Senate.
“I can’t believe how close this race was for some candidates. Bruce Rauner won by about as much as I predicted he would, but there were a lot more Republican victories across the country than I anticipated. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the next couple of years,” said Joe Sanders, a senior political science major.