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Presidential elections-

They occur every 4 years
On the Tuesday after the first Monday in November

Requirements of a US president:

Requirement Explanation and Examples Constitutional Rank
American You must be an American citizen like Obama. Yes 1
35 years of That is the minimum age you…

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= the period between when a candidate
declares their intention to run for an election and when the first primary is held.

What are the candidates trying to achieve?

Sometimes referred to as the `money primary' the invisible primary is critically important for raising
enough money and name recognition to…

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Since 1988 3/6 invisible primary winners for democrats has become candidate

2008- rep. Rudy Giuliani got almost double $ than McCain but McCain still won the primary

Hillary Clinton won 2008 invisible primary- lost primary

A presidential primary is an election to select a party's candidate for the presidency.…

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Increased level of interest- Democratic race in Voters are unrepresentative of typical general
2008 election voters- more elderly, more ideological,
better educated and wealthier
Increased choice of candidates- 14 in 2008 Makes the process too long, which may
discourage some better-qualified candidates
from running
Opening up the process to outsiders-…

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This would stop frontloading, cut down the amount of travelling by candidates and less
money spent.
Or split into 4 groups according to population- smaller going first

Weighting votes for elected politicians at National Party Convention- members of Congress, state
governors have a weighted vote at conventions. This would increase…

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doubt. Obama was certain of nomination 2 months before the Democrat National
2. Choosing the Vice-President- not since 1956 has a national party convention chosen the
vice-presidential candidate, known as the running mate. In recent years the running-mate has
been announced before the National Party Convention. In 2008 both…

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Us elections are criticised for spending vast amounts of money each election cycle.

Why are elections so expensive?

The country is vast
The elections are not just to elect one legislative chamber
The general election campaign lasts 9 weeks
Candidates must contest the primaries, which begin 9 months before election…

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Newspapers- there are no national newspapers in the US except for the USA today and the Wall
Street Journal. The Washington post and the New York Times have a national reputation. The most
important role they play is the columnist's opinion page and the endorsements they make near
Election Day.…

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support to the democrats. In 2008 it was 95%. The Hispanics are a growing group and there
importance grows each election cycle. In 2004 43% voted bush but this fell in 2008 to 31%.

Religion- protestant voters tend to vote republican- majority of votes to bush in 2000/4 and McCain…

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Is Obama a successful president?


Being re-elected for a second term is deemed a prerequisite for being considered a
successful president. Obama managed to get elected again in 2012.
Inflation fell under Obama, down to 0 when Obama entered office.
Petrol prices were also under $2 a gallon by…


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