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[Audio] Murray State Voters Sound Off: Presidential & Kentucky Senate Races

Tuesday is the first time many young millennials will vote in a general election. The demographic is the largest and most diverse in the country, ranging in age from 18 to 35, defined by the Pew Research Center . Ebony Clark spoke with several college-aged voters on the Murray State University campus and brings this audio collage.


Murray State students have a wide range of opinions on the presidential race. Several said they were undecided and at least one said he was supporting Green Party candidate Jill Stein.


Twenty-one-year old Adam Watson said he’s casting his vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump: “Because I think he truly cares about America and he doesn’t have any special interest in the government.”


Twenty-four-year old Dexter Alexander said he supports Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton: “Even though she has a rocky mindset of things of what she wants to do. I think she has the power and the will to make the change in what we need in this country.”


While students had a wide range of opinions on the presidential race, many admitted to not following the race for Kentucky U.S. Senate.


“I don’t really follow it but I know that he supports my values more than Jim Gray does.” That’s 21-year-old Adam Watson, on why he’s supporting Republican incumbent Rand Paul. Watson says he’s also supporting Trump.


Twenty-three-year old Caitlin Starkey says while she isn’t familiar with the Senate race, she’s voting for Democratic challenger Jim Gray: “Because one of my xenophobic friends likes Rand Paul and I assume he can’t be good.”

According to FiveThirtyEight, Kentucky’s junior Senator is almost certain to win re-election against his opponent in the general election.


Ebony Clark is a student at Murray State University majoring in computer science. She was born in Brownsville, Tennessee. Ebony has served as a reporter for 4-H congress in Nashville, TN where she spoke with several state leaders and congressmen. Ebony enjoys writing poetry and spoken word and competed in Tennessee's Poetry Out Loud competition hosted by the arts council in Nashville,TN.
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