2-16 Presidential Elections

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The key candidates of the 2-16 presidential election are Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders,
Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz. Hillary Clinton was First Lady to her husband, Bill Clinton, for 8 years, a Senator for 8 years, and the US state secretary for 4 years. Bernie Sanders was Mayor of Burlington for 8 years, a representative in the US House of Representatives for 16 years, and a US Senator for 10 years. Donald Trump has no background in politics, but his success in business gives him a unique perspective on the economic, if not the political, aspects of the Presidency. Marco Rubio was Commissioner of Miami for 12 years, Majority leader in the Florida House of Representatives for 2 years, Speaker in the same House for 2 years, Representative
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The candidate is first nominated at the Convention of their political party as the candidate to go on that party’s ballot for the Presidency. This is decided by the votes of different delegates, who are selected at the individual state level through caucuses or primaries (depending on the state). The primary process was designed to give voters a greater influence on “their” particular party’s nominee. This process determines which individual will represent a specific political party in the general election, and is decided by the general population. The registered voter votes for one of the candidates running for that particular party via secret ballot, either directly, in selecting a specific name from those listed, or indirectly, by voting for certain delegates that “pledge” to a specific nominee. There are open primaries, in which any registered voter (regardless of their party) can vote in any party’s primary (but can’t vote in more than one primary in total), and closed primaries, wherein only members of a specific party can vote in that primary. Each party has its own system of assigning delegates to its nominees, and each state a specific amount of delegates, but in the end, the nominee with the greatest number of delegates overall becomes that party’s nominee for the Presidency, and ends up on the ballot on election day. Then, to garner support amongst the general public, the nominees from different parties campaign across the nation, participating in debates with their fellow nominees and raising awareness and understanding as to their goals for their potential term as President, as well as their stance on numerous issues. Then, the general election, in which any registered voter is able to vote for their selected candidate, is held. This general election does not determine the winner, but rather the electors that go on to support the candidate that “won” that state. The number of electors differs from state to state,

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