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2016 US presidential race
Topic Started: 12 Feb 2016, 02:41 PM (247 Views)
Yes, I realise there's already a topic for this...but that was some time ago, and much more has happened since then anyway. So...here is the updated candidate list...and everything else you need to know.

Who is qualified to become the president?
Technically, to run for president, you only need to be "a natural born" US citizen, at least 35 years old, and have been a resident for 14 years. Sounds easy, right?

In reality, however, every president since 1933 has been a governor, senator, or five-star military general. And that's before you even consider getting a party nomination and securing national media attention.

In this 2016 election, at one stage there were 10 governors or former governors and 10 who are or were senators, although many have since dropped out.

One person is nominated to represent the Republican and Democratic parties in the presidential election.

How to become the president?
A series of elections are held in every state and overseas territory, starting in February, which determine who becomes each party's official presidential candidate.

The winner of each collects a number of "delegates" - party members with the power to vote for that candidate at the party conventions held in July, where candidates are formally confirmed.

The more state contests a candidate wins, the more delegates will be pledged to support them at the convention.

As President Barack Obama cannot run again, both parties are holding competitive primaries this year.

The Republican candidate will need 1,237 delegates to win a majority, while the Democratic contender must secure 2,383

When are the key dates?
The first votes were cast in Iowa on 1 February - it was the first US state to have a contest (although in Iowa's case, it's a caucus, which is a vote of people present rather than through a ballot).

Other early states include New Hampshire on 8 February and South Carolina, which means they have presidential candidates visiting them for months on end.

On 1 March, a dozen states pick their presidential nominees, so it's called Super Tuesday. In 2016, the primaries held on 15 March, including Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, could be significant because so many delegates are up for grabs.

By the end of April, most states have cast their votes and in most election campaigns, it's clear by then who each party has picked as their presidential candidate. But it's not official until the party conventions in July.

If you're still with us, you'll be glad to know the real campaigns haven't even started yet.
That happens after the summer, when the two candidates hold a manic, mammoth journey whizzing across the country to make their case.

There are three televised presidential debates in the last six weeks before - finally - votes are cast on Tuesday, 8 November.

Primaries, caucuses and delegates

How does the vote in November work?
The candidate with the most votes in each state becomes the candidate which that state supports for president.

It's all down to a system called the electoral college, a group of people who choose the winner - 538 of them, in fact. Just half of them - 270 - are needed to make a president.
But not all states are equal - California, for example, has more than 10 times the population of Connecticut, so they don't get an equal say.

Each state has certain number of these "electors" based on their population in the most recent census (it so happens that it's the same number of districts in a state, plus two

When citizens vote for their preferred candidate, they're actually voting for the electors, some of which are pledged to one candidate, some for another.

But here's where it gets interesting. In almost every state (except Nebraska and Maine), the winner takes all - so the person who wins the most electors in New York, for example, will get all 29 of New York's electoral votes.

In the race to get to the magic number - 270 - it's the swing states that often matter most.

What are swing states?
So, we've got two candidates, both in a race to get to 270 electors by winning whole states at a time.

Both parties think they can bank on certain states, big and small. Republicans will count on Texas, and not waste their money campaigning to a great extent there. Similarly, California is likely to sit in the Democrats' column.

The others are known as "swing states" - where it could go either way. Florida in particular, with its 29 votes, famously decided the 2000 election in favour of George W. Bush, who lost the popular vote nationally but, after a Supreme Court case, won the electoral college.

Other swing states include: Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, North Carolina, Nevada.

The Republicans:

Donald Trump

Who is he?
America’s sweetheart—well, America’s high-school sweetheart, the one you get embarrassed thinking about decades later.

Who wants him to run?
A shocking portion of the Republican primary electorate; Democrats; white supremacists. The rest of the Republican field, along with its intellectual luminaries, however, are horrified.

Ted Cruz

Who is he?
Cruz served as deputy assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration and was appointed Texas solicitor general in 2003. In 2012, he ran an insurgent campaign to beat a heavily favored establishment Republican for Senate.

Who wants him to run?
Hard-core conservatives; Tea Partiers who worry that Rand Paul is too dovish on foreign policy; social conservatives.

John Kasich

Who is he?
The current Ohio governor ran once before, in 2000, after a stint as Republican budget guru in the House. Between then and his election in 2010, he worked at Lehman Brothers. Molly Ball wrote a definitive profile in April.

Who wants him to run?
White-collar Republicans. Kasich’s pitch: He has got better fiscal-conservative bona fides than any other candidate in the race, he has proved he can win blue-collar voters, and he has won twice in a crucial swing state.

The Democrats:

Hillary Clinton

Who is she?
As if we have to tell you, but: She’s a trained attorney, former secretary of state in the Obama administration, former senator from New York, and former first lady.

Who wants her to run?
Most of the Democratic Party.

Bernie Sanders

Who is he?
A self-professed socialist, Sanders represented Vermont in the U.S. House from 1991 to 2007, when he won a seat in the Senate.

Who wants him to run?
Far-left Democrats; Brooklyn-accent aficionados; progressives who worry that a second Clinton administration would be far too friendly to the wealthy.
Edited by Tazdevil1, 16 Mar 2016, 04:29 AM.
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Please tell me other people are worried by the chance of Trump winning the presidential race?

In other questions, who do people want to win? I'm a personal Clinton supporter due to her experience, and the quality of some of the other candidates...
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29 Feb 2016, 08:44 AM
Please tell me other people are worried by the chance of Trump winning the presidential race?

In other questions, who do people want to win? I'm a personal Clinton supporter due to her experience, and the quality of some of the other candidates...


In all seriousness, I'm backing Bernie Sanders, simply because there's no one better. (That seems to be the case in almost every political election :r ) Also, I guess it's because I agree with most some of his opinions. And maybe because any other outcome is too horrible to consider.

But if Clinton were to win the Democratic seat, I'd vote for Trump (who let's face it, is going to win the Republican race hands down). Not because I like him (insert crazy maniacal laugh here) but because he's simply the lesser of two evils.

I predict both Clinton and Trump will emerge as their parties representatives. Sadly, it might not be because they were the better choice, but simply because some Americans want change, and would vote for them simply because they're different. (Clinton is a woman and Trump is....trump). Also, I believe that most people don't take time to consider, or at least listen to the views of every candidate before making their choice. The media is to blame to be honest. Trump is not as bad as most people seem to think he is.

At least, that's just my 2 cents. :r
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