Tuesday, January 15, 2008

2008 Presidental Election Part One

Being that I am 25 and will be 26 when we vote for our next president, this will be my THIRD time voting for a president. Even though it will be my third time voting, this will be the FIRST time that I will actually pay attention to ALL candidates and their views. Even though this is my blog and this is America……..I am free to give my opinion of who I want to become president. Nevertheless I feel that I need to keep that information to myself. With that being said, I truly feel that my generation and those younger truly do not know how the election process works.

In the past two elections I voted for the lesser of two evils and relied on the information that the media gave me without researching for myself. As I am transitioning into a full blown adult with my own mind, I have been inquisitive about each and every candidate regardless of party.

So I have decided to inform individuals who come to my blog about the presidential election process.

Here are the following candidates based on their party as of 01/15/08:
Democrats: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, and Dennis Kucinich.
Republicans: Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Duncan Hunter, John McCain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson.

The 2008 Presidential Election is underway with state primaries being held across the country, in which each party will choose its candidate for president. The majority of states will hold primary elections on Super Tuesday, February 5th, 2008. Whichever candidate wins the majority of the parties delegates will go on to the General Election for president on November 4th, 2008.

To determine who the parties will delegate, we have something called THE CAUCUS.

A Caucus is nothing but a meeting with registered voters of the particular party. The voters that are in attendance get with groups that support a particular candidate. A voter that is undecided on who to vote for is put into a group and each candidate’s group tries to persuade the undecided voter to join them. At the end of the caucus, they count votes and determine which candidate wins the caucus.

As of today, Iowa (winners – Obama for Democrat & Huckabee for Republicans) and New Hampshire (winners – Clinton for Democrat & McCain for Republicans) have had the caucuses there. Michigan had one tonight (only for Republicans) and Romney won. Next up is Nevada and South Carolina.

Look for updates and continue knowledge on how the presidential process goes.

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