Presidential Nomination Process Analysis

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Marcel Lambert English 15 Section 4 February 1, 2013 The Presidential Nomination Process Both major political parties in the United States select their presidential candidates through a process of primary elections. However, voters do not directly select presidential nominees in these primaries. Instead, they choose delegates from their respective states who will attend a national party convention to nominate a presidential candidate for their party. Democratic Party Nomination Process Convention Delegates includes a total number of delegates divided into two sections, pledged and unpledged. Pledged Delegates, The fifty states and the District of Columbia are awarded a number of delegates equal to fifteen percent of their number of base delegates to be filled by party leaders and elected officials. Puerto Rico, Guam and American Samoa are also awarded Pledged Delegates. Unpledged Delegates, Primarily Democratic Members of Congress, Governors, and distinguished party leaders. Base Delegates where each stated (including the District of Columbia) is awarded a number of delegates to the national convention based on its share of the total Democratic popular vote and its share of the electoral votes in the three most recent presidential…show more content…
Many states even have different mechanisms for choosing Democratic and Republican delegates. Some states award delegates to candidates on a "winner-take-all" basis, meaning that the candidate with the most votes in a state is awarded all of that state's delegates. Other states award delegates in proportion to each candidate's share of the primary vote. Another important distinction is whether delegates are "pledged" or "unpledged" to vote for the same candidate the voters in his or her state or district supported in the primary. These rules also vary widely by
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