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Title: Presidential Election


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Presidential Election
  • The process of selecting the Commander-in-Chief

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The President
  • Every four years a president is elected
  • Must be 35 years old
  • Born in the U.S.
  • Lived in the U.S. for 14 years

John F. Kennedy was the youngest president at 43
Ronald Reagan was the oldest president at 77
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Stage 1 The Primaries
  • Political parties must nominate a candidate
  • About 10 months before the presidential election,
    parties have voters select a candidate
  • Example Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John
    Edwards, Joe Biden, and Bill Richardson all ran
    for the Democratic Party nomination in 2008
  • When one nominee arises as the favorite, the
    political party holds their National Convention
    and officially nominates that candidate
  • Prior to the National Convention, the president
    selects a Vice President to run with him/her

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Stage 2 Presidential Campaigning
  • Candidates campaign until Election Day
  • TV, radio, internet ads
  • President and Vice President candidates travel
    the country to speak with millions of Americans

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Stage 3 The Debates
  • Three presidential debates
  • One vice presidential debate
  • Moderated by an unbiased journalist such as Jim
    Lehrer, Gwen Ifill, or Tom Brokaw
  • Candidates are asked questions developed by
    American citizens

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First Presidential Debate
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Vice Presidential Debate
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Second Presidential Debate
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Third Presidential Debate
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Stage 4 The Election
  • All American citizens who are 18 or older and
    registered to vote can vote on election day
  • Only one day of voting, one vote per person
  • Each state totals their votes
  • If John McCain receives the majority of votes in
    Arizona, then he wins the state of Arizona
  • Example McCain 55 Obama 40 Other 5
  • McCain receives 100 of Arizonas electoral vote

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Stage 5 The Electoral Vote
  • Electoral votes are determined by the states
    population
  • Need 270 electoral votes to win
  • If neither candidate has a majority, then the
    House of Representatives decides

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2000 Presidential Election Results
  • Popular VoteAl Gore 50,996,116 George Bush
    50,456,169
  • Electoral VoteAl Gore 266George Bush 271
  • Winner George Bush
  • Popular vote does NOT elect president

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Stage 6 Tallying the Results
  • It takes weeks to tally all of the results, but
    newspapers usually project the winner within a
    day by adding together the electoral votes from
    each state candidates are expected to win

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Stage 7 Inauguration of the President
  • January 20 The president and vice
    president-elect are inaugurated into office and
    begin serving the country
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