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What happens if no candidate reaches the viability threshold in a primary?

As I understand it, most state primaries have a viability threshold of a certain percentage of the popular vote - 15% in most states - below which the candidate receives no delegates. This would seem ...
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How many superdelegates have endorsed voting for the plurality delegate winner to be the nominee?

On Wednesday’s Democratic Presidential Debate in Nevada, candidates were asked if they think that whoever gets a plurality of the pledged delegates should ultimately become the Democratic nominee, ...
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What happens in a brokered convention? Why is the prospect of one seen as a threat to Sanders' presidential hopes?

With six (technically eight including Tulsi Gabbard & Tom Steyer) candidates currently still in the field for the Democratic presidential candidate nomination, it seems increasingly likely that no ...
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Can a US President realistically pardon enough people to sway an election?

Slightly inspired by this question, is there a limitation on the number of pardons a president could offer, such that it could sway the outcome of the next election? Take for example, Florida, ...
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How can Michael Bloomberg become the Democratic nominee for President when he has not appeared on any primary ballot so far?

I just saw an advertisement on TV: "Bloomberg for president!", but I am not seeing him in any of the primary results. How can he have any realistic chance of being the Democratic nominee if he's ...
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Voter Analysis on the type of democratic candidate of 2020 US Election

I was watching Fox News(click here for the video and go to around 4:27) and the female anchor was quoting a voter analysis as below- It’s very important to pick the candidate who can beat Donald ...
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Why is the minimum age to be U.S. president still fairly high at 35?

According to Presidential eligibility conditions, a President can serve if they are at least 35 years old: be a natural-born U.S. citizen of the United States; be at least 35 years old; be ...
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To what extent is Iowa a bellwether for the Democratic presidential candidates?

The 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses are taking place today (February 3rd 2020), and are the first test of the candidates at the ballot box in the presidential primary season. By examining results from ...
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What analogy best explains the narrowing down of presidential candidates for a general election?

My understanding is that it's sort of like a football game with sixteen teams in each conference for a total of 32. The Super Bowl is sort of of like the race for the presidency in which the two ...
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What happens if a candidate dies after the first round of French presidential elections?

Assuming that no candidate wins an absolute majority in the first round of voting, what happens if one of the two top candidates dies between the first round of voting and the scheduled date of the ...
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Is there are reason why: Leading 2020 US Presidential Candidates are over 70 years old?

The subject of candidate age has been the topic of discussion in the media. This leads me to wonder, is there a reason (maybe there is more than one) that the leading candidates are 70+ years old? ...
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How hard would it be for Trump to win more electoral votes than last time if he lost the popular vote by 5.5 million? [closed]

Trump won the US presidency by winning the popular vote in the right states (like all other presidents), not the national popular vote. Unlike most presidents, he lost the popular vote, and won ...
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Was the 1800 US presidential election the first intentional, peaceful transfer of national control?

Historians say the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800 was the first time a nation's ruling faction willingly ceded authority to their opposition, simply because they agreed to do so, rather than due ...
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presidential candidates promises

Why do presidential candidates make promises that they won't be (much) a part of? For example: medicare for all Anyone can come up with a bill but they are introduced, debated, amended, and passed ...
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What is the lowest percentage of the popular vote that a President has been elected on?

Obviously the US presidential election is not won by popular vote, but by votes in the electoral college. This means that, as in the 2016 election, the defeated candidate can obtain a larger total ...

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