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Presidential politics: The state of the 2016 race

By Caroline Kenny

A Medill Newsmakers Report

In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, Caroline Kenny speaks with several political journalists and experts to discuss the state of the 2016 presidential campaign. Topics discussed include how this race differs from cycles of years past and what this year might mean for campaigns that are run in the future.


(1:53) David Chalian, CNN Political Director, breaks down what the race looks like and why, as well as discusses what is to come this summer and beyond.

(12:52) Larry Stuelpnagel, an Emmy award-winning former journalist and current journalism and political science instructor at Northwestern University, talks about the role of the media in this campaign and if the media has given rise to nontraditional candidates.

(20:31) Young people all over Chicago, despite never having voted before in a presidential election, have been working hard to elect their chosen candidate and explain why they are so motivated to make a difference.

(23:17) Ben Finkenbinder, Senior Communications Manager at 270 Strategies and former 2008 and 2012 Obama campaign staffer, discusses why this year is so unique and what it means for campaigns to come.