Democrats may have a lot to “deal” with now that the Republican Nathan Deal was been voted as Georgia’s next governor.
Nathan Deal beat former Democrat Governor Roy Barnes receiving, 53.1 percent to Barnes’s 42.9 percent.
With Tuesday’s election, the Republicans have gained control of the House of Representatives while the Democrats still have control of the Senate.
Some students feel that this can lead to more problems for President Barack Obama.
“I think that it will be a bigger burden for Obama because his policies will get shut down,” Isis Thomas, a junior nursing major said. “We should have different mixtures of Democrats and Republicans, that way we have different ideas and beliefs.”
Dr. James LaPlant, associate dean College of Arts and Sciences, believes that Obama’s presidency will not be affected.
“This turnaround could energize Obama’s presidency and hopefully bring him to the political center,” Dr. LaPlant said. “My only concern is that we only have a few moderates left. I’m anxious to see what the ability of Congress will be. If we lose more moderates, it won’t be healthy.”
The election has created distinct lines in the sand for both students and teachers at VSU. From non-voters to voters, around campus, this most recent midterm election has aroused spirited reactions from all when the words “Democrat” or “Republican” are said.
“The elections were very predictable,” Chyan Ray, freshman pre-pharmacy major said. “The first two years develops and enacts the president’s plans, but there has been a real shift in our nation’s mindset because of these first two years. Democrats did not follow through with the promises they gave to most Americans.”
Ray, who did not vote in this election, also stated that China is developing fast economically and because of the recent recession we experienced, we may be surpassed as a superpower.
“FDR said we have nothing to fear but fear itself so with that said, we need to accept the diversity in Congress now and except new ideas. That may help us the next two years,” Ray said.
Students have taken a big step in voting Tuesday.
Out of the 900 registered students who live on campus, 874 voted in the midterm elections.
Also with 60,000 registered voters in Lowndes County, 30,000 voted on Tuesday and sent in early ballots.
“We had 49 percent of voters come out,” Susan Hennly, Assistant Supervisor of the Lowndes County Board of Elections said. “For a non-presidential election that’s really big.”
Hennly believes that it would have been a bigger turnout for student voters if they were aware of where they were originally registered to vote.
“Many students who register to vote in drives are always unaware that they are supposed to vote where they live,” Hennly said. “You have to vote in your county or registered area.”