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St. Olaf students blog about presidential primary for Star Tribune

Politics1Twenty St. Olaf College students are in New Hampshire this month to learn about presidential politics in the most hands-on manner possible: by serving as interns on the various campaigns in the weeks leading up to the nation’s first primary election.

Students in the Interim class, taught by Professor of Political Science Dan Hofrenning, will blog about their experiences “soaking in the sound and fury of the presidential campaign” over the coming weeks for the Star Tribune.

Emma Whitford ’18 was the first student to weigh in, with a post focusing on what it was like to work the phones for Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.

“I made close to one hundred calls today, and in the end I managed to reach about seven people. I only actually talked to one woman, and I believe we both learned a lot from each other,” she writes.

“No one chooses the underdog unless they’re completely determined,” she adds about devoting her time to O’Malley’s campaign. “If I could return to the office each day and have a connection with even one voter, it would make my experience on this campaign completely worth it.”

Read more in the Oles on the Campaign blog.