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Campaign 2016: Turning Point for Political Parties

At least one political analyst believes the 2016 presidential election will affect the futures of both major political parties in the U.S. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)
At least one political analyst believes the 2016 presidential election will affect the futures of both major political parties in the U.S. (DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile)
February 3, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It's all hands on deck as presidential candidates migrate to New Hampshire for next week's primary. Ted Cruz emerged as the GOP winner in the Iowa caucuses on Tuesday night, and Democrat Hillary Clinton eked out a slight victory over Bernie Sanders.

It's a "pivotal election," says Dr. Gerard Lameiro, a retired college professor and the author of a new book, "Great News for America." He predicts the November vote will mean neither the Republican nor Democratic party will continue to exist in their current forms.

"One of the characteristics of a historic election is that the electorate is upset about something. It could be the economy, it could be lots of things," Lameiro says. "And when they get upset, they realign the party. But how do they realign it? They come out in a huge turnout."

He believes millions will vote for the first time this November, resulting in a historic turnout and a fundamental change in the party political system. Tennessee's primary takes place on "Super Tuesday," March 1.

Lameiro conducted research about American elections going back to the early 1800s, and says the foundation is in place for 2016 to be another game-changer.

"Any time the American people have come out, they have solved problems," says Lameiro. "When they come out with a big voter turnout, it means they're sending a message to their future politicians that they're about to elect and saying, 'We want these problems solved. We're fed up with you not having these problems solved.'"

Tennessee has 11 electoral votes and, in the last four presidential elections, the majority has voted for the Republican nominee.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - TN