Presidential Elections. Six Steps to the White house. Step 1Declaration of Candidates Candidates step forward and announce their candidacy for president.
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Six Steps to the White house
Step 2 Primaries and CaucusesTo thin out the number of candidates running, parties hold practice elections called primaries in the early part of the election year.
36 states have primaries. States that don’t have primaries have special party meetings called caucuses. A caucus is held to choose a candidate for office.
Step 3 National ConventionIn the summer, both parties meet separately and hold their national conventions. At conventions, 1)the party chooses one candidate to run for president2)the party discusses and agrees on its platform
Step 4 Pre-Election campaignsEach candidate for their party now campaigns before election day. The candidates may debate, and there are lots of ads, and propaganda.
Step 6 Electoral CollegeElectors in the Electoral College meet to cast their votes in early December. It is these votes that will determine who wins as the new president.