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The republican candidates
The Republican Candidates

Ron Paul Rick Santorum Mitt Romney Newt Gingrich

Super tuesday
Super Tuesday

  • It is the day when the greatest number of states (10) hold primary electionsto select delegates to national conventions where each party’s presidential candidates are officially nominated.

Primary election
Primary Election

  • The purpose of a primary election is to narrow down the candidates who want to be President.

  • Voters use a secret ballot to select delegates.

  • In an open primary, registered voters, regardless of their party affiliation, can vote in any party primary they choose.

  • In a closed primary, voters must declare a party affiliation and can only vote in that primary.

  • Over 40 states and territories and the District of Columbia use primaries.


  • Party members and party leaders meet to select delegates and usually must demonstrate their support for a presidential candidate by public declaration.

  • Caucuses are often used in combination with a state convention to elect delegates to the national convention.

  • 15 states and territories use caucuses.

Delegate selection
Delegate Selection

  • Party members in each state select delegates to go to the national conventions to represent their choices for presidential candidates.

  • The candidate who obtains a majority of delegate votes at that party’s convention receives the party’s nomination.

National convention
National Convention

  • Each party holds a convention during the summer and chooses the one candidate that they’ll support in November running for President.

Electoral college
Electoral College

  • The first candidate to reach 270 electoral votes becomes President.

  • On election day, we really vote for people called electors, who then vote for the President.

  • The electors are chosen from the Primaries.

  • History of Electoral College Vote



  • Each state is allocated a number of Electors equal to the number of its Senators and the number of U.S. Representatives.

  • The political parties in each State submit a list of individuals pledged to their candidate for president.

  • The major political parties select these individuals at their State party conventions or through appointment by their State party leaders.


  • On the Monday following the second Weds. of Dec. each State’s Electors meet in their State capitals and cast their electoral votes.

  • The electoral votes are sealed and sent to the President of the Senate who opens them and reads them on Jan. 6th.

  • The candidate for president with the most electoral votes is declared president.

  • http://www.classbrain.com/artteensb/publish/electoral_college.shtml

2012 presidential candidate positions on 45 issues
2012 Presidential Candidate Positions on 45 Issues

  • http://2012election.procon.org/

  • http://2012election.procon.org/view.source-summary-chart.php

Understanding caucuses and primaries
Understanding Caucuses and Primaries

  • http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/studentnews/01/03/one.sheet.caucus.primary/