A bit of pre-primary politics

Before California decided for Hillary Clinton, each of the nominees made their way to the Golden State to rally residents to their cause. Here’s a glimpse of each of their campaigns, and the reasons their supporters believe in them.

All stories were published in The Christian Science Monitor.

Meet the Trump voters who aren’t white and male (May 30, 2016)

Donald Trump’s appeal to disenfranchised white Americans is well-documented. But he also connects with a vocal contingent of frustrated minorities who say that he is the best hope for the nation’s future.

Hillary supporters: We’re excited, too, but also practical (May 26, 2016)

Trump and Sanders get all the attention for their passionate support. But supporters at a Hillary Clinton rally are passionate, too – in their own way. 

The Sanders supporters you haven’t heard about (May 18, 2016)

In California, Sanders’s supporters range in age from children to retirees. But his older supporters have one crucial difference from Millennials: They say they will vote for Hillary Clinton if she becomes the nominee.