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How could a third party candidate with electoral votes decide the choice of president?

In the 1968 Washington Post story announcing Nixon as the winner of the 1968 presidential election, the author made a peculiar point: Nixon’s Illinois victory, which emerged more than 15 hours ...
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Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC?

Can the president or the Congress pass a law to dismantle the super-delegate system used by the DNC? Or is it somehow outside their power to do so and each party can set up their own rules as long as ...
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Why not demand President's/candidate's financial records instead of tax returns?

What significance could the information in Donald Trump's tax return have to his campaign? addresses what information could be gleaned from Donald Trump's tax returns if he allowed them to be ...
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Why does Biden show two trend-lines with his polls?

Looking at the poll numbers shown by realclearpolitics.com for 2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination. Specifically Biden's poll numbers. There seems to be two trend-lines for him instead of one. One ...
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Why do early states matter more in presidential primaries?

There’s a whole ton of attention and polls of places like Iowa and New Hampshire that vote earlier than others in the primaries. Reading sites like FiveThirtyEight, it seems like these are a pretty ...
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What is the effect of election campaign donations?

Candidates for the presidential election of the US collect donations in relation to their campaigns. Candidates are sometimes compared based on the total amount of donations they received. But what ...
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Can a U.S. Presidental candidate skip or avoid registering for the ballot in any given state?

Can a U.S. presidential candidate successfully run for national office without being on the ballot in one or more states? For example, recently some U.S. states have adopted requirements for ...
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Is there any reason why one candidate only runs for election once? [closed]

When running for an office such as the presidency for the USA, one candidate will never run for the office more than once. Why?
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If Trump gets impeached, how long would Pence be president?

If President Donald Trump were impeached and convicted, and Mike Pence became president, how long would his term be? Would it be for 4 years or would there still be a 2020 election?
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Why did the DNC refuse to hold any debates on Fox News?

Back in March the DNC refused to hold any primary debates on Fox News. With the second Democratic Presidential Debate coming up in a few weeks on CNN, this question seems especially relevant. Fox ...
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US Party with all time most Presidential votes?

Which US political party has had the most votes for President? Both popularly, and electorally? Note: given the sometimes radical changes in party platforms over the years, this may seem like apples ...
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Average win/loss ratio for US Presidents as party nominees?

What's the average win/loss ratio for all elected US Presidents running (but not necessarily while President) as party nominees? For example, Nixon ran in 1960 and lost, won in both 1968 and 1972; ...
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Why do candidates not quit if they no longer have a realistic chance to win in the 2020 US presidents election

As background, some answers of Why run for president if you have no chance to be elected? are relevant, so I will concentrate on the differences. There are currently more than 20 candidates for the ...
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What do third party candidates for the US presidency expect to functionally accomplish in terms of voting?

Background In the history of the United States presidential election, it is exceedingly rare that a third party candidate does anything other than split votes from one (sometimes two) main parties, ...
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Why did people still chant “Lock her up” at Trump rallies in 2019? [closed]

When elected, Trump made a big point that his opponent should be investigated and "locked up" over the email controversy. Almost immediately after winning the election, he made tacitly clear he was ...
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How is vice president selected if a write in candidate wins the presidency?

I can’t find the protocol for this situation. If a write in candidate wins the presidency how is the vice president chosen?
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Do any 2020 Democratic presidential candidates support banning semi-automatic weapons?

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last year, there were a lot of calls on the left to ban all semi-automatic weapons. This post is an example of that. My question is, have ...
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If Congress discards a state's electoral votes, does it change the number needed for a majority?

According to the 12th Amendment, a majority of "whole number of Electors appointed" is needed to elect a US President or Vice President, or else it's thrown into a contingent election by the House (...
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What's the deadline for Democratic party primaries candidates for meeting the new debate criteria?

It seems the DNC has tightened the criteria for people to appear in the September debates. But - how long do the candidates have to meet the criteria? Do they need to meet it now already?
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Why are none of Trump's opponents pointing out that he's lying about the economy? [closed]

Trump lies constantly about economic growth. With respect to at least GDP growth, stock market growth, wage growth, and job number growth, he's claimed "record" performance, and if you look at the ...
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What was the political impact of the 'Daisy' election campaign commercial? [closed]

I can see why the Johnson Campaign's Daisy was controversial. I also know that Johnson won the 1964 United States presidential election. However, how much of a political impact did Daisy really have? ...
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Is there precedent or are there procedures for a US president refusing to concede to an electoral defeat?

I am wondering what would happen if an incumbent US President were to lose a presidential election, but refuse to accept the result and to concede defeat (even after any legitimate challenges and ...
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How is the audience for Fox News Town Halls chosen?

This question: Was Bernie Sanders' recent town hall on fox news in any way unusual? asks about the surprisingly positive reception that Sanders' Medicare for All proposal received from the studio ...
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Was Bernie Sanders' recent town hall on fox news in any way unusual?

It seemed to me, that the town hall went unusually well for Bernie and it seemed, that FOX was actually very fair, maybe even suspiciously so towards him. When comparing this town hall to previous ...
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How does Indonesia's unofficial presidential election tally finish with “head-snapping” speed?

The NPR News item and podcast In Indonesia, Joko Widodo Secures Another 5-Year Term As President quotes Indonesian president Joko Widodo, and continues: "Let us reunite as family. Let us strengthen ...
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Is it realistic to think that enough Democrats can register as Republicans and nominate a non-Trump Republican in the 2020 primaries?

And what is the potential impact (other than many Democrats not having a say in their own candidate) of a legitimate campaign to try to convince Democrats to do so?
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Why is the President of India not elected directly?

When the Presidential election of India rolls around, The people aren’t involved in the electoral process but it is the MPs and MLA’s of the State and National Assemblies who elect the President. So ...
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What would the process look like for adopting Ranked Choice (in particular, instant-runoff) Voting in the US?

I'm not asking to discuss whether Ranked Choice is a good system, or the particulars of how it would be implemented with regards to our electoral college system, or even whether people would choose ...
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US presidents that weren't on every states' ballots

Has there ever been a US president who was not on the ballots of every single state, for the election that they won? I'm having a hard time finding historical ballot information to check myself, and ...
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Why are there protests when Abdelaziz Bouteflika was announced as candidate to presidential elections in Algeria?

Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced (or actually - it was announced on his behalf) that he will be running for the next presidential elections in Algeria. This led to massive protests against a senile ...
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What is the statistical chance, that in this election cycle, the incumbent will be replaced by the insurgent?

What are some data points, which may help put the chance, of the Democrats winning against Donald Trump in this election? How often does an insurgent win against an incumbent? What other statistics ...
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How quickly could a motion be passed to alter minimum age for POTUS?

How quickly could the minimum age requirement (35 years) for the president of the USA be changed? I got curious when I realised The Rock, LeBron James and Beyoncé have tickets at the major betting ...
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To what extent is a US political presidential candidate compromised by PAC funding?

Amy Klobuchar having launched her presidential nomination campaign stated that she would not be taking corporate PAC money. Is that a big irregularity and if so what is the benefit of not taking ...
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What happens if the state delegations tie on a presidential vote?

If no candidate gets a majority of electoral votes in the United States, states each get one vote for who becomes president. What happens if 25 states vote for the Democrat and 25 vote for the ...
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What if a President-elect is found to be an invalid candidate? [duplicate]

The recent question about a fictional character winning an election got me thinking about the not-a-citizen arguments from a previous election. There was a lot of talk about if he was an eligible ...
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Who would become the US President if a fictional character like Cthulhu is elected?

In the year 20XX, Cthulhu is "elected" President of United States. Namely, by "elected", I mean that enough people in the right patterns and places vote for Cthulhu[1] that 270+ electoral votes by ...
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What happens if the shutdown continues until election season?

Hopefully, this doesn't happen, but what happens if the US shutdown continues until the 2020 elections? Does the Federal Election Commission (FEC) have funding? Will elections be post-poned? If the ...
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How does the electoral college give smaller states more of a voice? [duplicate]

I am currently very against the electoral college and don’t see why it’s necessary, but I like to research and know the arguments for both sides of an issue before I form an opinion. The most popular ...
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Evidence in support of highly myopic retrospective voting

I am reading Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government. In Chapter 6 and 7, evidence is shown that "voters' retrospective assessments of the economy are quite myopic." ...
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Are there any electoral systems that give the runner up some office?

Originally, the US constitution specified that the runner up to the president in the electoral college becomes vice president, which would currently be Hillary Clinton instead of Mike Pence. This was ...
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Are there any known triggers for Avenatti deciding not to run for presidency?

According to Michael Avenatti, After Flirting With Run, Says He Won’t Seek White House, Avenatti announced that he wasn't running for presidency on Tuesday 4 December. The NYT article mentions his ...
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Why aren't Republicans more focused on mobilizing a movement towards 'dethroning' Trump?

This is not a question about the ideological implications of supporting or not supporting Trump. It is merely a question about the rational behavior (or lack thereof) of a political party when faced ...
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Will the Republican presidential candidate for 2020 be Trump? [closed]

The republican party doesn't have to have to be Trump, but only once in history has an elected president not been his parties presidential candidate after their first term; so Trump not being the ...
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How much apparel has Trump sold?

I'm interested in how much Trump apparel is out there: how much has been produced or ordered or sold by his campaign, how much his supporters have bought or been given—and how this compares to that of ...
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30+ years ago, why was there often a huge split between the presidential and house elections but not anymore?

In 1988, Republican presidential nominee (and incumbent vice president) George H.W. Bush won 40 out of 50 states and a 7.8% margin in the popular vote. On the same day, Democrats in the House of ...
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Are caucuses less democratic than primaries?

The Washington State 2016 presidential election story makes the mechanism of caucuses seems less democratic than primaries. It seems the Democratic party caucuses, rather than the later popular vote ...
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In 2016, why did the GOP win the House popular vote while Clinton won the popular vote?

Is there an intuitive reason why Hillary Clinton won the popular vote amongst people voting for President, yet the GOP won the popular vote amongst people voting for their Representative in the House? ...
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Why are U.S. territories not allowed to vote in U.S. presidential elections?

Why cannot residents from United States territories such as the CNMI, Guam, and Puerto Rico vote in general elections? (They can, however, participate in presidential primaries.) It seems ...
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To what extent did Dilma Rousseff's impeachment increase Jair Bolsonaro's chances to be president?

On October 2014, Dilma Rousseff got reelected as president of Brazil (wiki article on it). One year later, an impeachment against her started and by August 2016 she was removed from office. All the ...
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Confusion about tiers of influence in government

From my understanding of US politics, Congress / the legislative branch has more power than the President / the executive branch. Doesn't this mean that the midterm elections are far more important ...