Vote on issues, not race, gender

Only two or three major candidates are left in each party, according to information from

CNN reports that more than half of the country is voting, meaning that both races will be decided on Feb. 5.

As Super Tuesday approaches, the polls show Barack Obama gaining momentum; so crushing victories by either Hilary Clinton or Obama doesn’t seem likely.

This year’s election promises to be close, and is a great reason why it is so important that Americans exercise their right to vote. reported that in the 2008 Florida primary alone, Americans ranging from ages 18 to 29 only made up nine percent of the democratic vote and seven percent of the republican vote.

There has to be a dramatic increase in these numbers.

This year’s presidential race is sure to make history, with democratic front-runners Clinton and Obama.

We shouldn’t focus on the race or gender of the two candidates, but instead on what political issues he or she stands for.

Americans have to be educated on the political status of our country and keep abreast on which candidate could possibly best turn the nation around.

The race shouldn’t be about blacks sticking with whom they know and therefore voting for Obama. And it shouldn’t be about whites or women voting Clinton.

A different type of president will be in the White House when everything plays out, but instead decisions should be made based on issues and facts.   

Dexter Johnson for the Editorial Board.