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4.4.08 - Presidency The Presidential Selection The...

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4/4/08 Presidency The Presidential Selection The electoral college only covers the general election In the parties there are a series of primary elections. Primary Structure and Candidate strategy o 2008; 1 party had a typical nominating process (Republican), while one party has an atypical nominating process (Democratic) o Primaries; because of federalism we have 50 separate state parties and primaries. o National parties and primaries (nominating contest) are an aggregation of the 50 state contests. o States have exclusive control over when and how their state primaries run, However the national party negotiates with the state parties to maintain a coherent national process (2008; Michigan and Florida, Democratic primaries) o The idea has been for most states recently want to hold their primaries early. Historically early primaries have determined the winner. o Procedure; first thing a candidate does is the declaration of candidacy. Candidates usually declare the summer before the election year. (Ex. This year summer 2007).
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