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Has Biden ever explained why he is running for president (2024)?

There've been several poll that suggest that Democrats would rather the party nominate someone else for president, e.g. this or this. There've also been indications that Americans as a whole would ...
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Has a relationship been identified between a state's position on abortion and its political leanings?

There are 21 states that have a 15-week or less abortion restriction law. Of those, only Arizona and Georgia voted for Democrat Biden in 2020, and both narrowly. Also, Arizona has the least ...
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What makes California a Democratic state?

So, back in the 60s & 70s, California gave us Richard Nixon. In the 80s, President Reagan hailed from the state. At least as late as 1984, California was considered a safe Republican state. ...
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Why is the Democratic convention after State ballot deadlines?

There is an existing question about why the democratic convention is so late, with both answers focusing on it not actually being much later than usual and how generally the situation is resolved ...
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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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Would a viable third party candidate legally have a chance in the House of Representatives?

Suppose there was an American third party candidate, who won a quarter of the popular vote, and a single large state or a handful of smaller ones: specifically with enough electoral votes so that ...
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How does the situation in the Gaza Strip affects the voters' view of the two candidates for the US Presidential election?

As far as I know many democrats voters are unhappy with the current situation in the Gaza strip and the other occupied territories. I guess that they view negatively Biden's inability to constrain the ...
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Why was the Democratic National Convention scheduled so late?

At least 3 states have given notice that the Democratic National Convention will occur too late for state legal deadlines for filing the appropriate paperwork to appear on the November US presidential ...
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Could Congress veto the NPVIC via its control of DC's electoral votes?

The 23rd amendment begins 1: The District constituting the seat of government of the United States shall appoint in such manner as the Congress may direct: A number of electors of President... (...
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Why are Lee Mercer and John Anthony Castro the highest-fundraising candidates for the 2024 U.S. Presidential election?

According to the U.S. Federal Election Commission's website, as of July 10, 2023 the two candidates for U.S. President who have raised the most money are Lee Mercer (D), at $192 million, and John ...
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How would the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact handle non-FPTP elections?

It seems that people who argue that the President of the United States should be elected by popular vote, and supporting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC or NaPoVoInterCo), are ...
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Why would Putin even bother barring Navalny from participating?

The BBC describes Navalny as Putin's main opposition rival (example article), despite the fact that he has rarely scored over 2% in opinion polls (at least two other opposition candidates score ≥6%). ...
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What would happen if a US presidential candidate used campaign cash for government purposes?

Trump raises over $20 million in February with nearly $42 million in cash on hand, far behind Biden and Democrats US presidential candidates regularly spend millions of dollars every election to win ...
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If Russia hacked the 2016 election, how or why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump?

Simple question, but it's been bugging me for quite some time. If we know for a fact that Russians interfered with the 2016 US presidential election, why can we proceed with inaugurating Trump, ...
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What is the official reason for the low error rate of the 100k signature requirement for presidential candidates in Russia

In Russia, you need 100.000 signatures to be allowed to run for presidency. However, if I understood the article below correctly, only 105.000 signatures may be turned in. While the minimal support is ...
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Are there significant demographic differences that explain why one specific county picked Sanders over Biden in the 2020 Democratic primary?

Joe Biden won every county in the 2020 Arkansas Democratic primary except Washington County, which Bernie Sanders won. I find this weird and was trying to understand why this would happen. I'm not ...
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Why do some political parties in the US have open primaries, but not others?

In the recent California primary elections, any NPP (no party preference) voter was allowed to choose ballots for presidential primaries for American Independent Party, Democratic, and Libertarian. ...
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US electoral opposition to Biden support of Israel: have any (pro-Palestine) politicians flagged the risk of the (Trump) alternative?

As many have noticed, Biden is catching a lot of criticism from parts of the Democrat base for his support of Israel. Michigan's 100,000 'uncommitted' votes challenge Biden's Israel stance | Reuters ...
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Are caucuses less democratic than primaries?

The Washington State 2016 presidential election story makes the mechanism of caucuses seem less democratic than primaries. It seems the Democratic party caucuses, rather than the later popular vote ...
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US Primaries 2016 - Washington

In the results for the Democratic primaries I came across this for Washington state: Hillary Clinton votes: 380,760 perc: 52.95% delegates: 27 Bernie Sanders votes: 338,283 perc: 47.05% delegates:...
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Why are only 34/101 Democratic delegates determined for Washington state with 100% reporting in the 2016 presidential caucus?

Washington state held its caucus for the Democratic Party on Saturday 3/26/16. As of now, every delegate tracking source shows that Bernie Sanders has been awarded 25 delegates and Hillary Clinton has ...
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What was the original context of Margaret Thatcher's quote by Nikki Haley?

In Nikki Haley's speech suspending her campaign on 6 March 2024, she said: I have always been a conservative Republican and always supported the Republican nominee. But on this question, as she did ...
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Did Democratic party leaning voters in the US have an alternative candidate in mind for the US presidential election in 2024?

This week there were primary elections in a large number of states in the US for the upcoming presidential election in November 2024 and it turned out that likely the two major candidates will be Joe ...
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Is it considered possible to win a modern Presidential election on a (monetary) shoestring?

The Republican candidate for President currently has a lead in the polls. On the other hand, the Republican party has much less money than the Democrats, eight months before the election. Of course, &...
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Does the US Supreme Court judgement preventing States from barring Trump in the ballot make any rulings on the 'insurrectionist' charges against him?

The Justices unanimously reversed a December 19 decision by Colorado's top court to kick Mr. Trump off the State's Republican primary ballot after finding that the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment ...
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What exactly are the "stridencies" in the majority opinion on the Colorado ballot exclusion to which the two concurrencies refer? [closed]

In CNN's March 5, 2024 Retired federal judge blasts Supreme Court ruling: 'Stunning in its overreach' retired federal Judge J. Michael Luttig says the following (excerpted from YouTube auto-transcript ...
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How did the Colorado Supreme Court justify extending Section 3 of 14th amendment to the presidency? How did the minority opinion argue against this?

The NYTimes' December 19/20, 2023 LIVE: Trump Ballot Ruling; Trump Is Disqualified From the 2024 Ballot, Colorado Supreme Court Rules includes the following: The Colorado court’s lengthy ruling ...
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How did California voters by age group vote in the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election?

Is there information on how voters of different age groups in California voted in the 1984 election? For example, what percent of the 18-24 vote in California went to either Reagan or Mondale? Or ...
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Who did White voters in California vote for in the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election?

California exit poll 1984: https://ropercenter.cornell.edu/ipoll/study/31090659 I'm not able to download that exit poll myself, but if anyone here has access to it, does it show what percent of White ...
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How can I access exit polls by state for the 1984 U.S. Presidential Election?

Even though the 1984 presidential election was a landslide, and there's a national exit poll available, I want to see if there were any differences in exit polls by state. For example, an exit poll ...
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What if neither the president nor vice president is chosen by inauguration day?

The US election law says that the Senate picks the VP and the House picks the President. If no president is elected when the term starts, the newly elected VP would act as President. In such case, ...
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Did Yeltsin participate in formal debates against other candidates for the Russian presidency?

Somewhat related to this Q, I found that Yeltsin had been challenged by Zyuganov to a televised debate in 1996. I wasn't able to find out if Yeltsin ever took on that challenge. So, did he? Or is ...
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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 ...
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How might a new candidate be chosen if a major party candidate becomes incapacitated after winning the primary but before the party convention? [duplicate]

The 2024 Presidential election is likely to feature the two oldest major party candidates in American history. There may be a non-trivial chance that at least one of them becomes incapacitated before ...
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Why was Boris Nadezhdin permitted to be a candidate in the Russian presidential election?

Boris Nadezhdin appears to have strong anti-war views, something that is usually seen as punishable in Russia. He was aiming for the post of president and looks like collected the required number of ...
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What's the point of US presidential polls that poll people in general rather than dividing them by state?

I went on to this website https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/polls/president-general/2024/national/ to see recent presidential polls because I am interested in having an idea of who would win the ...
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Is there any precedent for a Presidential candidate to refuse to participate in the Presidential Debates?

A recently published op-ed in the NYT entitled Let’s Scrap the Presidential Debates argues against televised presidential debates and suggests that candidates should not participate in them. Is there ...
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Why is the distinction between primary and caucus significant?

I keep hearing newscasters refer to this week's New Hampshire primary as "the first in the nation primary". While I understand this is technically true, the way they emphasize "first in ...
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If all of Trump's opponents drop out and then the supreme Court rules he is ineligible who becomes the nominee?

With the results coming out of Iowa, many are predicting that Desantis and Haley will drop out within the next few weeks. If this happens and then say at a later point, the supreme Court rules that ...
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How did Iowa go from being a "blue" to "red" state?

In 1988, Democrat Michael Dukakis won Iowa 55-45, a margin second only to Rhode Island, despite losing the general election 46-54. As late as 2008 and 2012, Barrack Obama won the state. Yet Iowa went ...
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For the GOP primary, where can I see the list of complete rules of how each state allocates delegates, updated for 2024?

For the 2016 GOP primary, RealClear Politics has a nice table containing complete rules for each state on how to count delegates. But I cannot find a similarly complete rules in a table like that for ...
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Are the US presidential electors the members of House of Representatives?

My question is about the US presidential election. I read that the Electoral College consists of 435 electors, 100 senators and 3 others. Are the 435 electors the members of the House of ...
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On what legal basis do state governments regulate party primaries?

In all likelihood, I'm misunderstanding something greatly here, so I'm hoping for some clear correction: It seems to me like the Republican and Democratic parties in the USA are private-ish entities. ...
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Given there is no primary on the democratic side, why isn't there a push to get Democrat voters to vote Trump out in the primary?

Biden is the incumbent with no serious challenges. Given his unpopularity with Democrats, why hasn't there been a campaign run by Democrats or maybe even some anti-Trump Republicans to get Democrat ...
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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 in ...
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Who decide the order of the states of primary vote?

Recently I see Republican party started the primary vote process and they started from Iowa, and then moved to N.H and will move on to anther state. My questions are how the order/sequence of states ...
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Why are Presidential-debate candidates allowed to speak after their two minutes runs out?

In most major American debates, the candidates get a fixed amount of time to make their points. In theory, when the clock runs out they're finished. In practice, however, it's possible for a candidate ...
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How would electoral votes be cast if the winning presidential candidate was a write-in?

If a write-in candidate won the November 2024 general election for President in some state, how would electors be chosen, since no political party had appointed electors in advance for that candidate?
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How did Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo explain why he vetoed a bill that would ban people from acting as fake electors?

Politico's Nov 15, 2023 Nevada attorney general is investigating false electors who aided Trump in 2020 includes the following, quoting Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford: ...an American lawyer and ...
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What happens if a state omits a major party candidate from their presidential ballot

This question is inspired by this other question. Suppose a state determines that a major party candidate should not be on their presidential general election ballot, perhaps because they believe it ...

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