Path to Presidency

Path to Presidency

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  • What should be our formal statement of basic principles?
  • The first step of the Path to Presidency is a nomination. This is the official endorsement of a candidate for office by a political party. Typical nominees include the President, governors, senators, and Protestants. 
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  • The second step is the Primary Election. This involves voters, either the general public or political parties, who indicate their preference in candidate. The winner goes on to represent their party in the general election. For example, the number of candidates from the primary to general election decreases a large amount due to the fact that most of them get weeded out of the running.
  • Next is the National Convention. This is a national meeting of delegates elected in primaries, caucuses, or state conventions who assemble once every four years. As an example, a party's campaign will try to nominate candidates for president and vice president, ratify the party platform, elect officers, and adopt rules.
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  • The fourth step is the campaign. A campaign is an effort by political candidates and candidates to win the support of voters in order to gain political office. A potential politician might use the media to promote their campaign and pose for hundreds of photographs and shake thousands of hands to convince voters they are the right candidate. 
  • Next is General Election Day, which is held every four years. The popular vote involves the general public voting for a group called electors. The process involves the Tuesday following first Monday in November every 4 years, where the candidates will  be eagerly waiting to hear the results as citizens from all 50 states go to the polls.
  • The final step is the Electoral College. This is a body of electors chosen by the voters in each state to elect the President and Vice President of the United States. To win an election, a candidate must win a majority of the electoral votes. For example, a politician might have most of the popular votes, but must receive more than 50% of the electoral votes in order to win the election.
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