Fight against terror a factor for Fil-Am voters at Utah caucus

PROVO, Utah – Dozens of delegates were up for grabs in Utah on Tuesday night, and Filipino voters made sure they had a say in who got them.

In the Republican race, it was Ted Cruz, who collected 40 delegates after he scored nearly 70 percent of the vote, leaving John Kasich and Donald Trump with 17 and 14 percent, respectively.

“Yung values niya, ‘yun ang what we believe,” Fides Bondoc said. “Siya ang pinaka-conservative sa mga Republican.”

On the Democratic side, the people chose Bernie Sanders as their top choice. Early returns show him landing at least 24 delegates after beating Hilary Clinton with almost 80 percent of the vote.

“I like his platform on the economy with the taxes,” Larcy Velez said. “I like the free education for public school, which is great because I think kids, right now, by the time they get out of college, they’re buried in debt.”

For many of the voters, the fight against terrorism and the recent attacks in Brussels had an impact on who they chose.

“It needs to be someone who is strong, especially against terrorism, because there are so many innocent lives who are getting killed, and we need to do something more about that,” Rene Doria said.

By notching victories in Utah, both Cruz and Sanders were able to cut into the lead of their rivals and gain momentum after they failed to win any of the five states in play last Tuesday.

The battle for delegates now shifts to Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington, where Democratic caucuses will be held this Saturday.

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  • HELLO
    27 March 2016 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    I think this Fil-Am voters, don’t know what their talking about, look welcome to the real world, when I was going to school in the 1960s and 1970s, my father send my brother to college and he had big debt because my brother become a MD.Doctor yes a very good Medical Doctor but my father didn’t say like what Larcy Velez is saying kids today by the time they get out of college they’re buried in debt. Look Larcy Velez a good education has no cost at all. So please think before you all Fil-Am open your mouth.

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