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Jonathan Gundana, a senior mechanical engineering major, and Emma Canedo, a junior nursing major, received the most votes in the primary election. Austin Simpson, a junior financial management major, and Hallie Bowers, a junior construction science major, received the second most and will also be advancing to the general election.

The 2020 CUSG election season started with five campaigns for student body president and vice president. Now, after one disqualification that occurred just days before the election, two candidate pairs have been selected to advance to the general election.

Jonathan Gundana and Emma Canedo, running under the slogan “All for Clemson”, received 1864 votes. This was 37.25 percent of total votes cast. With a platform that centers on connection to Clemson, community and academics, Gundana and Canedo will once again be on the ballot this coming week.

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"We are incredibly humbled and honored to have won the primary elections," Canedo said in an email to The Tiger. "We cannot thank the students supporting us enough for voting last week and for helping move us one step closer to being able to serve the students at Clemson University as student body president and vice president, and [we] want to commend the other candidates running for their hard work throughout the campaign. We plan to build off the momentum from the primary election and keep spreading the word about how we are 'All For Clemson' in the coming week. We encourage everyone to go out and vote for Jonathan and Emma once again this Wednesday in the general election, and we look forward to finding out the results this Friday. Go Tigers!"

Further information on Gundana and Canedo can be found here, and they can be seen playing The Running Mate Game here. Michael Paterakis, their campaign manager, answered questions about their campaign here.

Austin Simpson and Hallie Bowers also qualified for general elections after receiving 1585 votes, which was 31.84 percent of total votes cast. Simpson and Bowers, running under the slogan “Be the Change”, possess a platform that focuses on student experience, life and voice. Their campaigning will also continue into next week.

"Hallie and I are extremely grateful for the support shown in the results of the primaries," Simpson said in an email to The Tiger. "Although there is not much time left in the campaign season, there is a lot of work to be done and Hallie and I could not be more excited to have another week! We want to continue to encourage everyone to educate themselves on the candidates and their platforms and be sure to vote again on Wednesday, Mar. 4th. Let’s Be the Change!"

Read more about the candidates and their campaign here, and watch them participate in The Running Mate Game here. Their campaign manager, Olivia Loynes, spoke about their campaign here.

A debate between the two remaining tickets will occur on Mar. 2, 2020 at 8:15 p.m. in Hendrix Ballroom B. Both The Tiger and Tigervision will be covering the event.

The general election ballot, which will also contain voting for members of the CUSG senate, will be sent out via email at 12:00 a.m. on Mar. 4, 2020. The results will be announced in the amphitheater at 1:15 p.m. on Mar. 6, 2020.

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