The first step in the presidential process is announcing that you are running. People that are running for nomination usually have a good public record, are popular, and are controversy free. I, Republican Governor of Illinois, Joel Esler, am running for president.
After nominees have been selected, these people compete in primaries and caucuses in order to get votes for specific individuals. This is accomplished through delegates. My state, Illinois, uses an open primary system, which means voters do not have to be registered with a party to participate.
After the primaries and caucuses, parties and candidates meet for their National Convention. This is when a party selects their presidential candidate and vice presidential candidate. The other goal of this convention is to bring the majority of the party underneath one platform. In 2016, the Republican platform was to restore the American dream, create a more constitutional government, and unite as a population.
After candidates have been chosen for each party, the campaigning begins. This includes advertising, rallies, meetings with voters, web sites, and so much more. These candidates travel the country to earn the support of the people before the election. I would focus on trying garner the support of states that are often overlooked, like Nebraska, the Dakotas, and Georgia.
After months of campaigning across the country comes election day. Millions of voters come to the polls to vote for the candidate they think should be president. This is only one part of the election process on election night. I want to make sure that everyone is out to vote.
The other part of the electing process is the electoral college. When the popular vote of a state is of one party, then that state's electoral votes become of that party. This is to prevent big cities from being able to control the government. Thankfully, I won the election!