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Students Advocate for Socialism Support on Campus

by Jacqueline Stoughton

The Socialist Action and Youth for Socialist Action groups got together last month to advocate for socialism voters on the Central Connecticut campus, in hopes that students would vote for Bernie Sanders at the Connecticut primary elections later this month.

Five speakers took the podium and preached to a room full of students and community members as to why they believe in the socialist movement, as well as to why they’re putting their support behind Sanders as their presidential nominee.

“I don’t consider myself a socialist. But creating change should be done by any means necessary that makes sense and achieves change from within our team,” said Dan Dorso, Bernie for Connecticut team leader. “Our team is convinced that there will be a movement after if he [Sanders] loses.”

All the presenters made similar points as to why they believe Sanders is the best chance for the future of this country. Dorso explained redistributing the wealth throughout this country is a must – Sanders being the only candidate capable of doing so.

“He [Sanders] wants to build a wall too. A wall against racism,” said Dorso. “We believe we can make a difference.”

Through a video conference call, Eugene Paryear, a member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation Connecticut, explained the GOP is beginning to disintegrate, which will cause an uprising of the youth in this country.

“Millennials are accepting socialism as a legitimate party,” said Paryear. “All of these donors are putting their money behind a movement that is significant.”

Paryear expressed uncertainty whether or not these socialist reforms will work, but still remained confident that they’re worth trying and supporting in this years election.

“We need to go out and be bold and restore the left ideas,” said Paryear. “We need solutions that meet the scale of the problem when we talk about socialism. We don’t want to lose this opportunity.”

Sanders is still trailing behind Hillary Clinton for delegate votes. According to AP, Sanders has 980 pledged delegates and 31 Superdelegates giving him a total of 1,011, compared to Clinton’s 1,712-delegate lead. There are still 2,042 left to claim, in order to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

“We’re living in the most productive time. Tax breaks only help the one percent,” said Dan Kiely, member of the Socialist Party for Soltysik/Walker. “The rich own everything. We need to start a movement and join an organization.”

Bookmark it! “Cash Your Investment” Teaches College Graduates How to Manage Life After College

by Jacqueline Stoughton

In a world where the college degree is decreasing in its value, recent graduates find themselves in a limbo unable to get a job in the field they spent the past four years studying and preparing to work in.

“Cash Your Investment: How to Leverage Your College Degree into a Great First Job,” by Scott Eberwein is a quick, easy-to-read guide for the anxious students quickly approaching their college graduations and still lacking any set job plans after they walk across the stage.

In a short 162 pages, Eberwein explains to students in five steps the skills and knowledge they need in order to land that dream job straight out of college at a top, respectable company of their desire.

“In general I wanted to provide a resource I didn’t think was wuite there when I was going through the process myself,” said Eberwein explaining his initial inspiration to write this particular book. “My intention was to put it all in one place. Throughout the book I tried to make the reading more engaging I wanted a catch all book and supplement the advice with my own experience.”

Eberwein himself successfully earned an investment banking position with a large-scale investment bank in New York City following his college graduation from the University of Texas. All the resources and measures he took in order to accomplish such an ambitious goal he shares step-by-step in his first published book.

His guide begins with encouraging readers to master their mind and embrace the powers of positive thinking. Overall this is one of the most important aspects of landing a great first job upon leaving the college environment. Nothing is ever accomplished if the student lacks confidence and is constantly doubting themselves and their abilities — constantly being plauged with negative thoughts. Once students gain the confidence and positivity they need to succeed, their goals begin to look more attainable to them.

Eberwein then leads into the importance of finding a mentor. Ideally this is someone who has worked in the field of study the student plans to go into and possesses valuable skills they would be able to share. Eberwein explains in this chapter how this is one of the most important tools to have when looking for that first job. It’s also important to find a mentor who builds up your confidence, is encouraging and projects positivity.

The third chapter moves on to provide advice on how to conduct an exhaustive job search. This includes tips on successful networking with contacts found on and off campus, how to get the most out of an internship and apply those skills when searching for a job, making cold calls to various employers about full-time positions, utilizing recruiters, keeping up-to-date on employment listings and finally, keeping working for free as an option in order to gain more experience.

Interviewing advice is then provided to the reader. Eberwein suggests that students prepare ahead of time, do research on the company and practice a presentation by conducting mock interviews. Eberwein also gives tips on how to craft a superior resume that will get noticed by employers. He ends his book with some parting advice, reminding readers that “this is your opportunity to shine. This is your opportunity to cash your investment in your college education.”

College Republicans Attempt Club Recharge

by Jacqueline Stoughton

During this time of year as primary elections begin to unfold and lead into the presidential election, colleges are brimming with political excitement and varying opinions. Although the College Democrats club on campus has been active, the College Republicans club has been irregularly quiet and inactive all year.

“We’ve had three watch parties. Two were primary watch parties, one on Super Tuesday, one for the primary results in Connecticut and one for the first Democratic debate,” said Wyatt Bosworth, president of the College Democrats. “We want to instill excitement on this campus over the election.”

The College Democrats club recruited over 150 students to register to vote in the New Britain area in time for the primary election, along with attending conventions both semesters at Fairfield University and Southern Connecticut State University and hosted a fundraiser with Congressman John Larson at Elmer’s Place where Congresswoman Elizabeth Etsy was also in attendance.

Meanwhile, the College Republicans have been dead silent, not hosting a single event all year or making any noise trying to recruit and promote their club.

“As of right now, the club is in a regrowth period as it was inactive until I transferred here this semester so we have been focusing on tabling and trying to build support for the club,” said Haley Birch, President of the College Republicans. “Since I’ve been here, we’ve been steady with our couple of members, definitely not a strong following.”

Although they weren’t able to host any events this year, the College Republicans have been funded for next year and granted a base budget. They hosted their last meeting yesterday to start laying the groundwork for potential events next semester. Currently, the club meets on Tuesdays in the camp room at 7:15 p.m., but that is subject to change next semester.

“We’re going to make our presence more known and will likely plan an event or two regarding the election. Hopefully we can hold an event with a guest speaker, but at this point no plans have been made,” said Birch. “We are going to put more effort into events and tabling.”

While the College Republicans attempt to relaunch their club, the College Democrats have been busy making plans for next semester, including hosting a surrogate debate with the Republicans, promoting the Democratic nominee around campus and recruiting more students to register for voting.

Bosworth explained they will also be working down the ticket, promoting other Democratic candidates and working on races happening in New Britain and surrounding areas as well.

Although they haven’t had quite the same struggle as the Republican’s with membership, Bosworth explained they’ve stayed consisted and have been successful in recruiting members at their various watch parties.

“With a political club, if it’s a municipal year, it’s hard to get students engaged and excited. There’s been an increase in students who want to learn more and get involved. This fall, there will be a lot of excitement,” said Bosworth.

Farewell: My Turn to Say Goodbye

by Jacqueline Stoughton

I’ve always known that being a journalist is what I’m meant to do in my life. I had been active on my high school paper, further assuring me that I was making the right choice of what I wanted to study in college. When I arrived at Central Connecticut as a freshman, getting involved with The Recorder was a top priority.

I will never forget sending an email to Kassondra Granata, who was Editor-in-Chief at the time and is now one of my best friends, inquiring about getting involved as a staff writer. I was nervous, but knew if I was serious about journalism and wanted to be successful in the field, this was something I had to be overly involved in.

Under Granata, I wrote opinions and covered various events for the Arts & Entertainment section. With her guidance, I was able to develop my writing style as a reporter, eventually discovering my true passion for news writing.

My sophomore year under Amanda Webster, I continued to write news. She trained and prepared me for when I was promoted to assistant news editor the following semester, where I worked closely with Acadia Otlowski as she ran the news section. Together we were the “journalism dream team.” Under Otlowski, I took over as news editor.

My senior year I was elected Editor-in-Chief. This was an experience I grew from as a journalist and as a leader. I faced many challenges this year and experienced for the first time the major disrespect that frequently comes with being a woman leader. Overall this paper has grown and is on a path towards developing into a true multimedia publication. A lot of great initiatives were started this year, such as paying staff writers for their hard work and bringing video packages onto our newly renovated website. These are projects I’m confident my staff will continue to work on following my departure from this paper.

When I think about how far I’ve come not only as a journalist, but as a person, I’ve grown and matured and am now ready to be a full-fledged adult taking on the real world. It’s inspiring to think about how much I was able to accomplish in four short years – imagine what’s possible throughout the rest of my career.

I want to thank my amazing and inspiring mother, my insanely comical sister, my father and all my other family and friends who have stuck by my side throughout the past four years. Thank you to Kassondra for being an incredible best friend, who has not only guided me and provided me with advice throughout my four years as I worked my way up to Editor-in-Chief, but also for just being there to listen to me vent, paper related or otherwise. Thank you to Acadia and Sean Begin for preparing me to take on this role, as well as being there to provide guidance throughout the year when I needed it. Thank you to Sean Ferris for coming back and helping me when I needed it most and for always making Monday nights an enjoyable yet slightly annoying and loud experience.

Most importantly thank you to all the professors in the CCSU Department of Journalism. Everyone of you has had a hand in molding me to be the journalist I am today. Specifically, thank you to Dr. Vivian Martin for always being available to provide professional advice whether with the paper, internships or just to chit-chat. CCSU journalism has given me the experiences and contacts needed in order to receive opportunities I don’t believe I would’ve gotten elsewhere. Because of this department, I was able to partake on three incredible adventures abroad. These are all opportunities that contributed to my growth as a journalist and are memories I’ll carry with me forever.

Thank you to my staff writers; you’re all incredible, hard workers and there would be no paper without you. Thank you to my news editors Nick Leahey and Analisa Novak for stepping up and taking over the section when it needed you most. You two brought this section to the best state it has been in for a long time, I’m incredibly proud of you both and am confident you both will go far in this field. Thank you to my copy editors, Lorenzo Burgio and Nicole Gagnon for helping me with the tedious task of editing. The quality of this paper wouldn’t have reached the level it’s at without both of your hard work.

The Recorder has put out a consistent product that is something to be proud of. Good luck to my staff next year as they carry on and continue to make The Recorder a high quality and professional publication. Thank you so much for not only this year, but also for the amazing experiences and adventures I’ve had with this paper all four years.

Kasich Brings Optimistic Message to Connecticut

by Tyler Roaix

Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) came to Glastonbury High School Friday evening to make his pitch to Connecticut Republicans on why he should represent the party in the general election this November. The event came just days before the Connecticut primary vote, on April 26th.

In front of a little more than 1,500 people that filled the gymnasium of Glastonbury High School, Kasich entered by dancing and clapping along to Walk the Moon’s hit single, “Shut Up and Dance.” He brought in a level of optimism, emphasizing his belief in the values that make America strong.

“Each and every one of you is special in your own way,” said Kasich. “There has never been any one like you and there will never be anyone quite like you again.”

Kasich also shared stories of his youth, including when he wrote a letter to President Richard Nixon, who eventually responded by inviting Kasich to the White House.

The talk quickly switched to education and the importance of training people while they are young. Kasich called teachers the most, “underpaid people on the face of the Earth,” which earned him the loudest ovation of the night.

Maureen Boatman, of Glastonbury, made no hesitations when asked who she supports in the race.

“I support Kasich,” said Boatman. “Not only does he have the best character, but also the best qualifications. Just look at what he did in Ohio.”

His success as governor of the Buckeye State was a major focus for Kasich. He reiterated his economic accomplishments specifically. He boasted over the creation of over 400,000 new jobs in his home state and the fact he was able to, “Take a $8 billion hole and turn it into a $2 billion surplus.”

It is well known that Connecticut’s economy has been in a downward spiral. As Kasich was listing his economic plans – lower taxes, easier regulations and finding ways to keep companies from going abroad – residents of the Nutmeg State were getting increasingly excited.

John Tyczkowski, 26, a local entrepreneur, explained why he’s backing Kasich in this election.

“He’s just more well-rounded than any of the other candidates,” said Tyczkowski. “He’s been an executive as governor of Ohio, so he knows how to lead. But he’s also no stranger to the legislative process.”

Kasich finished his speech by giving voters one last pitch of his electability. He pointed out how he has experience in legislation at both the state and federal level. He has much more experience than competitors, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, and he made that well-known on Friday night.

“If you want to go on an airplane flight, it’s best to go with somebody’s who’s flown a bunch – I don’t want to get in an airplane with somebody that says, ‘Well I’ve never really done this before, but I think I can do it because I’m really great,'” he said in an obvious jab at Trump.

Polls give Trump, who leads the Republican candidates with 845 delegates, a 22-point lead in Connecticut. But despite being a sizable underdog, Kasich is still hopeful for a contested convention.

“We’re hunting delegates,” said Kasich. “Regardless of what these other two people have to say, when you win 15 separate polls over Hillary and they lose 15 separate polls, that would be a big consideration when we get to Cleveland.”

We are still a long ways away from the Republican National Convention in July, but it’s obvious that John Kasich, no matter what the numbers say, isn’t going away any time soon.

The Curse of Leading

by Jacqueline Stoughton

Over the past year I’ve had experiences in my personal life that I never imagined I would find myself having to endure. Those experiences inspired me to try and become a more ‘positive thinker.’ Every genuinely happy person I know in my life always advises positive thinking; that one positive thought in the morning can make such an impact on your entire day if you start it out on a good note.

I gave positive thinking a solid effort. I downloaded all the positive affirmation memes and even changed my cell phone background to say “focus on the good.” I found that the people who surround you really have an influence on how well positive thinking works. Being around negative people has much more of an effect on your attitude and outlook than many may realize.

This year especially, my positive outlook was tested being in the position I am in. Being in the Editor-in-Chief position, I receive emails criticizing my writing, I have people who call me a “bitch” just for doing my job and I have people who work for me who don’t respect me as a leader because I’m also a peer of the same age and still a student – they don’t respect my position and the decisions I have to make daily.

As a woman, I hadn’t experienced the disrespect, and at times cruelty, that men extend to women in powerful leadership positions until I became Editor-in-Chief. Sadly, I expected to experience this at some point in my career and doubt this will be the last time. What was especially sad was I was experiencing this same treatment from women on my staff as well. Just because I do my job as expected, give direction and hold my editors to high standards shouldn’t be a legitimate reason to classify me as a “bitch.”

Especially as women, we should be building each other up instead of going out of our way to knock each other down with hateful language. Men and women in a field as competitive as journalism should be supporting and encouraging each other to set ambitious goals. Competition doesn’t give you an excuse to be a hateful, cruel and negative person to others.

As someone who spent the majority of my young life with the “shy girl” as my identifier, college was the new environment I needed to pull myself out of my shell and gave me the confidence to be myself – someone who isn’t shy.

It’s unfortunate for people like me, who built themselves up from being a shy and vulnerable person who people used to walk all over, to someone that’s confident, has opinions and is strong, assertive and knows how I want to lead, is then knocked down by people misinterpreting my strongest qualities as being bitchy, unapproachable, bossy and aggressive. If I were a man in the same position, I wouldn’t be treated the way I have been as a woman leader.

Cosmopolitan Magazine stated studies confirm women have a tendency to avoid leadership positions out of fear of being labeled as bossy. As more success comes to a woman climbing the corporate ladder, other men and women like her less. Their negative language towards her changes the perception everyone else has of her.

This is similar to what I’ve been experiencing. Just because some may be jealous of my success, they feel inclined to refer to me as a bitch to everyone else in the office, now establishing that as my office identifier. I definitely didn’t work tirelessly for three year to get this position, just to be mislabeled as a bitch.

Going out of my way to tear someone down and break their confidence never makes me feel better about myself, and it certainly doesn’t feel good being on the other end of that. We should all practice supporting other instead of using hurtful language to try and set them up for failure.

Not everyone you meet will like you, just as you won’t like everyone you meet either, and that’s okay. We all need to work on respecting those in leadership positions, men and women, regardless of what our personal feelings towards them may be. Words hurt, we need to be more aware of our word choices about others because you never know what kind of battle that person is fighting.

Women are just as capable of being leaders as men are; fueling the stereotype with degrading language choices isn’t solving any of our societal problems or perception of women leaders. Change can only be made when everyone realizes that even what they say behind others backs has an effect.

Hopefully this message comes across to those who have inflicted this negative treatment on me all year. This type of treatment isn’t going to get you anywhere in life once you leave the college environment. Starting now, we need to be more aware of the effect our words have and start appreciating and recognizing the hard work people like myself, in leadership positions go through daily, instead of doing whatever you can to bring that person down. Does inflicting such negativity on others really make you feel better about yourself? I’m guessing not so much.

CCSU Student to Receive Prestigious Scholarship Award

by Jacqueline Stoughton

A Central Connecticut journalism student is set to receive a prestigious scholarship and be honored today during The Matrix Awards ceremony at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, as part of the New York Women in Communications Foundation.

Kimberly Peña, 19, of New Britain, CT, is a sophomore studying journalism at CCSU and is one of this years 22 recipients of the award. Upwards of 1,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony including notable guests including Andy Cohen, Lena Dunham, Gloria Steinem, Katie Couric, Liz Kaplow, Bonnie Hammer and Nancy Dubuc.

“I applied for this scholarship because I wanted financial stability to pay for my college tuition. I also did my research in the organizations and the contributions that they have made to the lives of young women who are seeking to strive in this industry of communications has been endless,” said Peña. “They provide a platform in where women anywhere can network and work together to help advance each other.”

The New York Women in Communications Foundation strives to support young women who are just beginning or transitioning into a career by providing financial support, professional guidance and friendships.

“We are ecstatic to welcome these remarkable young women into our New York Women in Communications family,” said Linda Descano, President of New York Women in Communications Foundation. “Their accomplishments and determination to succeed is commendable and they are already well on their way to becoming the next generation of female leaders.”

This is the largest foundation in the tri-state area that solely provides communications scholarships for women living in the United States. Since the foundations establishment in 2000, they’ve awarded about $1.5 million in scholarships.

“To be a scholarship recipient for the New York Women in Communications is such an honor. To be associated with such a prestigious organization makes me feel even more proud of all my accomplishments,” said Peña. “I hope to continue to make contributions in journalism and to better myself as a journalist.”

Recipients of these scholarship are chosen based off qualifications including academic achievement, leadership, participation in school and community activities, received honors and awards, work experience and a statement describing their future aspirations.

Following her graduation from CCSU, Peña hopes to enter the journalism workforce as a sports journalist. She strives for high goals such as becoming a sideline reporter for a Major League Baseball team.

“[I hope to] eventually be a host of my own show to talk about important issues pertaining to my community and to the world of sports,” said Peña.

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Kimberly Peña is a recipient of this years prestigious New York Women in Communications scholarship award. Photo by: Kimberly Peña

Mississippi Needs to Move Back into the 21st Century

by Jacqueline Stoughton

Despite the fact it’s now 2016, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant (R) signed a bill last week allowing businesses to refuse their services to gay couples based on their religious beliefs and objections.

Many have expressed opposition due to concerns that this could effect the success of their businesses and distort future potential economic opportunities for the state – which is a genuine concern, but what about the concern that this bill is infringing upon basic human rights?

This new Mississippi state law says it is to “sincerely help religious beliefs or moral convictions.” This includes defining marriage as to be only between a man and a woman and that sexual relations should be reserved for marriage only. The new law, set to go into effect on July 1st of this year, goes on to define gender as being “determined by anatomy and genetics at time of birth.” Giving the right to businesses to determine who can have access to bathrooms, dressing and locker rooms.

“This bill does not limit any constitutionally protected rights or actions of any citizens of this state under federal or state laws,” said Bryant to the Washington Post. “The legislation is designed in the most targeted manner possible to prevent government interference in the lives of the people from which all power to the state is derived.”

Last year we finally saw the Supreme Court rule marriage equality in all 50 states, with growing acceptance as a new generation takes over. It’s sad to think we still live in a world where people have to use their religion to mask their inhuman prejudices, and use as a loophole to take away basic human rights from others.

“This is a sad day for the state of Mississippi and for the thousands of Mississippians who can now be turned away from businesses, refused marriage licenses, or denied housing, essential services and needed care based on who they are,” said Jennifer Riley-Collins, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, in a statement to The Washington Post. “This bill flies in the face of the basic American principles of fairness, justice and equality and will not protect anyone’s religious liberty.”

This goes against the separation of church and state. We should never involve this much religion as a basis for creating a law that will only effect others. Forcing a religion on someone, that not everyone follows is beyond wrong. When it comes to LGBTQ and basic human rights in general, this country has come a long way – but Mississippi is seriously disrupting that progress.

This is similar to the Supreme Court ruling in 2014 that gave justice to Hobby Lobby and other family owned companies to opt out of the Affordable Care Act provision that covers prescription contraception, on the grounds of religious objections and freedom. This put many women’s health at risk – because believe it or not, women go on birth control for many other reason than to have pre-marital sex.

It’s time for governments to stop using religion as an excuse for creating audacious laws. Preventing women from getting contraceptions they need, or denying basic human needs based on who someone else loves, is nothing any state or national government should be proud of.

Sanders the Projected Winner for Many CCSU Voters

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by Jacqueline Stoughton

As Connecticut primary night looms near, many Central Connecticut students have plans to cast their votes for Bernie Sanders. The vast majority, however, either don’t plan on voting or know what the purpose of the primary election is.

“I’m voting for Bernie Sanders. I know a lot of people say his policies are unrealistic, but I want to see some sort of change in the political system because clearly it’s not really working that well,” said Conner Henry, 20, CCSU social work major. “I feel like he’s the only person who could really change things and everyone else is just going with what everyone else has been doing and it’s not working.”

Despite the primaries now being two weeks away, polls open on April 26th. Students feel as though CCSU isn’t doing enough to promote and educate why it’s important to vote in primary elections, what they are and how to do it.

“It’s a big deal and it’s going to affect everyone on this campus so they’re [CCSU] obviously not doing enough as far as promoting to vote in the primaries. No one knows that the primaries are coming up,” said Henry.

Unlike many other American voters who plan to vote for Sanders but would also support Hillary Clinton if she were to win the nomination, many CCSU students are reluctant to give her their vote, even if it came down to choosing between Clinton or Donald Trump.

“I would want to vote because this year’s the first time I get to vote and I want my voice to be heard,” said Zoey Grant, 20, CCSU psychology major, explaining she would prefer to cast a write-in vote. “I don’t want to have to vote for someone just because I don’t want to vote for Donald Trump. I’m not just going to vote for someone because I don’t like the other person.”

Grant explained that she believes the university could be doing more to educate and encourage students to vote in the primary elections.

“I think the university in general needs to start doing stuff, maybe like holding parties for the primaries and really talking about it in classes because I think that’s really important, but I know so many people who don’t know what a primary is,” said Grant. “They don’t know anything about what the candidates have said. Most of these students are eligible to vote now, they should be aware of whom they’re voting for.”

In the midst of a Sanders-supportive campus environment, there are few at CCSU who would rather give their vote to Trump.

“I feel like a lot of Bernie Sanders supporters and pretty much all of the other supporters have a very negative view on the people who support Trump, not just Trump himself,” said Jason Coffin, 19, CCSU computer science major. “He’s not the typical politician. Ted Cruz has been a senator and done a bunch of useless things, whereas here’s a guy with real life executive experience and it’s like, how is this a hard choice?”

Coffin explained despite being the most controversial of the candidates, he feels as though the media builds up the negativity surrounding Trump.

“I’m the type of person that usually sees the news then goes, ‘what a bunch of lies.’ The media over blows things,” said Coffin. “They build a straw man against Trump, he’s racist, he’s all these things but he’s just not. Other countries build walls and they’re not racist. The arguments against Trump aren’t very logical they’re more emotional.”

Other than some outliers, many students give their support to Sanders, because they believe he will be able to provide the best, most cost effective educational options. Students tend to choose Sanders over Clinton mainly due to severed trust.

“I feel Hillary is very dubious,” said Paul Chowaniec, 24, CCSU communications major. “If it was between Hillary and Trump, maybe I would vote for Hillary because at least she has decent foreign relations and experience and credentials with that.”

According to David Perkarski, 26, CCSU sociology major, he’s giving his support to Sanders because he supports the working middle-class.

“I’m going to be a middle working class type person. With Bernie, he’s trying to keep people from falling out of the middle class. The biggest reason why I’m not supporting Senator Clinton besides Benghazi, is she’s outsourcing jobs. Bernie wants to keep jobs in America and has a good plan for students,” said Perkarski. “Given the two Democratic choices, I think Bernie is the way to go.”

So far for Republicans, Trump holds the lead with 743 delegates, Cruz with 545 and John Kasich with 143 with 854 still to be claimed before naming the GOP presidential nominee. For Democrats, Clinton is in the lead with 1,756 followed by Sanders with 1,068 with 1,941 delegates still to be won, according to AP.

The primary elections, when parties vote for who they want their presidential nominee to be, happening in Connecticut in a short two weeks will be closed elections. Meaning, if you’re a registered Independent, you must switch to either a Democrat affiliation if you wish to vote for Clinton or Sanders or a Republican affiliation if you plan to cast a vote for any of the GOP candidates. Voters have until primary day to make the change.

Contributed reporting by Taylor Jacobs.