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Presidential Elections Thursday, March 13, 2008 10:21 AM Presidential elections have two crucial stages: nomination process (determining who each  parties nominee will be) and the general election (campaign between the parties nominees)   Methods of Nominating Presidential Candidates Parties in the United States have used  three methods of nomination presidential candidates: legislative caucuses, conventions, and  direct primaries/caucuses   The initial method used: Legislative Caucus- the party's members in a state legislature assemble to select  candidates for statewide office, and party members in the House of Rep. selected  candidates for president and vice president   No longer used, in 1832 under Andrew Jackson began  to use: Convention- delegates from various states assemble at a national convention to decide   In 1903 began to use: The Direct Primary- voters choose the nominees for office   Two types of primaries: Closed primary- only party members can vote in a party's primary Open primary- anybody (regardless of party) is allowed to vote in the primaries   Most primaries closed (especially Democratic ones) Today we have a mix of primaries and caucus system to elect presidential candidates   Caucus method: have precinct caucuses where votes must physically go to a meeting  and join a group who supports a particular candidate. The membership of each group is  counted and the group with most members win.
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course ISS 225 taught by Professor Williams during the Spring '07 term at Michigan State University.

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