25 February, 2020
 Posted by Ac2ality

US 2020 Primary Election explained. The race to the White House

What are the U.S primary elections? Before the presidential election (November 2020), each political party select the candidate they think will best represent them and run for the presidency.

How is the candidate selected? Each state votes for whom they think will best represent them. Each state has X number of delegates depending on its size and population. The way to win the nomination is by winning delegates, specifically, winning 1,991 out of 3,979 pledged delegates.

Who votes?

Depends on each state. Some states have:

  • Closed primaries: only voters registered with that party can vote.
  • Others open primaries: everyone can vote.
  • Or caucuses: These are local gatherings of voters who vote at the end of the meeting.

The two main U.S parties are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party.

Among the most popular democratic candidates are Elisabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden (reminder: the guy at the centre of the impeachment scandal), Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg…

Trump has no real political rival within the Republican Party, so he is like I don’t give a shit about this primary election.

So… ¿When do we know who will run against Trump?

Primaries last about about 5 months. So, in June, we’ll know the democrat that will face Trump in the general election.

You should know. Super Tuesday (March 3 2020). It is when the greatest number of U.S states hold primary elections. More delegates can be won on Super Tuesday than on any other day, amounting to approximately a third of all delegates. It is therefore a strong indicator of the likely eventual nominee.

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