Chelsea Clinton Appeals to Young, Undecided Voters in Sioux Falls
Former First Daughter speaks at Augustana University
In just over a month, voters will decide the next president of the United States.
For the candidates, it’s crunch time to rally all the support they can.
Hillary Clinton extended her reach into the Sioux Empire Wednesday night, by sending her daughter to appeal to younger voters.
The pledged, the curious, and the undecided wrapped the halls of Augustana University, anxious to hear the former first daughter speak.
“I feel like it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to go and see and listen to someone who is kind of part of the upcoming election,” said Augustana freshman Stacie Allen, who waited four hours to be first in line for the speech.
For most at Augustana, this election cycle is their first time taking part in the democratic process.
“Being young voters this is the first chance to vote for a lot of us so I think that a lot of people have been paying attention to this,” said Augustana senior Corntey Marbly.
However for a majority of her time on stage, Clinton handed the microphone over to the audience, and gave them a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and even offer advice.
Clinton has made hundreds of campaign stops for her mother, but this one in Sioux Falls, held a “first” for her too.
It came from a question asked by an audience member named Sophia.
“Does Hillary have a plan to reduce the cost of contraceptives, and make them available for college students?” Sophia asked,
“You are the first person to ask me this question,” Clinton responded.
The South Dakota Democratic Party is hoping Chelsea’s visit will resonate with young voters, and pull some of those undecided to vote blue.
“From what I’ve heard a lot of people [on campus] are undecided,” said Augustana Senior Lydia Brunz. “It’s mostly neutral right now so a lot of people don’t really know what to do. I’m hoping with Chelsea being here a lot of people will decide.”
Whether or not Chelsea Clinton accomplished that mission will be answered at the polls.
The fact that Sioux Falls has been a campaign stop for not only Chelsea, but also for her father former President Bill Clinton, is a sign to some that Democrats may have more of a pull in South Dakota this election than in those past.
“We have more people looking at us at a state that’s more on the fence.” Said Clinton supporter Lisa. Stamp. “We’ve traditionally been such a republican state I’m hoping they’re realizing that maybe we can make a change and that maybe this state is becoming a little more liberal and accepting more ideas.”
There’s no word yet if Donald Trump or anyone from his campaign plan to make a stop in Sioux Falls.
Both candidates will take the stage for their second televised debate this Sunday.