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Millennial voter turnout to play pivotal role in election

11/2/16 8:00am

Millennials make headlines daily for social media crazes and popular trends, but on Nov. 8, they could also make headlines for their influence in the ballot box. According to a recent Pew Research Center analysis, millennials — adults born between 1981 and 1997 — are predicted to outnumber the baby boomer generation in voter turnout this election year.

Party lines blur amid divisive 2016 election

11/2/16 8:00am

With widespread, tense emotions directed toward Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton — even from members of their respective parties — the country as a whole has seen a shift in partisan lines. Jason Husser, assistant professor of political science and policy studies and director of the Elon University Poll, has labeled this the “volcanic eruption of politics,” political party realignment occurs when large coalitions of voters switch from one party to another, along with certain groups being mobilized to vote, increasing or changing the electorate.

Issues in North Carolina play vital role in national election

11/2/16 8:00am

North Carolina’s 15 Electoral College votes may seem trivial compared to the 270 total needed to win the United States presidency, but the votes placed in the state Nov. 8 will have a significant impact in deciding the next Commander-in-Chief. Since July, campaigns for both Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump have reflected the state’s high value, as each has made regular appearances. Clinton has even sent surrogates, including President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton, to energize voters.

As election draws to a close, so does patience

11/2/16 8:00am

Elon University freshman Payton Barr doesn’t have a lot of social media accounts — just Instagram — but she still can’t escape this election season’s political posts. And she’s over it. “It gets kind of old,” Barr said. “People just get really aggressive about it. I don’t like to see that kind of negativity in my feed. I get sick of seeing it.” A recent Pew Research Center analysis found that more than one-third of social media users surveyed, like Barr, are sick of political content on their feeds. The study found that 37 percent of those surveyed said they were “worn out by how many political posts and discussions they see” on social media, saying they found it “stressful and frustrating” to read posts from those they disagree with.

Elon president Leo Lambert shares his take on the election

11/2/16 8:00am

As Elon University President Leo Lambert watched the three presidential debates with his Twitter feed pulled up, he couldn’t believe some of what he read. This national election with Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump as presidential nominees is one of the most bizarre he has ever seen. “I think my jaw was agape a lot of the time,” Lambert said.

News Analysis: Education brushed aside in 2016 election

11/2/16 8:00am

While Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump offers minimal detail on his ideas about college affordability and debt, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is quite specific on what she would do to assist college students. Still, both candidates are vague about how they would fund their plans. I interviewed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on July 25 and asked him what he would do as president to address concerns of college students.

ENN Guide to Local Campaigns

11/2/16 8:00am

Gov Pat McCrory Too many graduates are finding that their degree does not provide them with a marketable skill set to get a job.

ENN Election Special Edition Roundup

11/2/16 6:30am

With less than a week left before Election Day, let the Election Special Edition be your guide to the local and national issues, stories, candidates and coverage that matters to you.

Donald Trump campaigns in Greenville

9/7/16 7:43pm

GREENVILLE, NC-- "You think Hillary gets crowds like this?" former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani asked the crowd at the Greenville Convention Center on Tuesday, where Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump touched upon many issues including national security, immigration, and Hillary Clinton's email scandal. "We will never fix our rigged system by relying on the people who rigged it in the first place," Trump said.

Students safe after shooting threat in D.C.

7/29/16 5:01pm

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- Twelve Elon students experienced a close call after a potentially fatal shooting on Sunday night around 11:30 at the George Washington Center Residential & Academic Facility at NoMa. According to senior Steven Armendariz, the building's fire alarm sounded shortly after 11:30 PM.

Hillary Clinton makes history as Democratic nominee

7/29/16 1:51am

PHILADELPHIA-- Making history in her signature pant suit, Hillary Clinton officially became the first woman to accept a major political party’s presidential nomination Thursday night.  She accepted the nomination “with humility, determination, and boundless confidence” from her fellow Democrats. Clinton used her speech not only to discuss her past accomplishments in her decorated public service career, but also outlined her ideas for the future. The former Secretary of State thanked Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) for his support throughout the week and reassured the his supporters that with her as the nominee, their causes, like social justice and economic reform, will become her causes.