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Who is responisble for physically removing a President from the White House if they refuse to leave? [duplicate]

In the United States of America, if the sitting President refuses to leave office after losing an election or getting impeached and convicted, who is responsible for physically removing them from the ...
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Who do the US political parties back if something happens to their nominated presidential candidate? [duplicate]

Currently Trump will presumably be running for president as the republican candidate, and at the time it looks likely that Biden will be the democratic candidate. Both are elderly and thus highly ...
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Would it be political suicide to suggest reducing Social Security payments to help fund economic stimulus packages? [closed]

I am wondering if it may be tempting for President Trump, or the Democrat presidential candidates, or members of Congress to suggest temporarily reducing Social Security payments in order to help free ...
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Why do states postpone their primary elections to after June 9th, 2020 even if it violates DNC rules?

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) mandates that states have to hold their primary elections before June 9th, 2020, according to Rule 12 of the Delegate Selection Rules. The Delegate Selection ...
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Can President Trump ban all remaining presidential primary elections in an effort to contain the Coronavirus outbreak? [duplicate]

I am wondering if President Trump has the constitutional authority to ban all remaining presidential primary elections in all the states in an effort to contain the Coronavirus outbreak?
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What happens to the chosen Vice President if a party's Presidential candidate for POTUS were to die before Election Day? [duplicate]

I would like to know if the person chosen to be Vice President automatically becomes the party's Presidential candidate for POTUS if the party's Presidential candidate were to die before Election Day. ...
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Why don't presidential candidates announce their running mates before achieving their party's nomination?

As far as I can tell, a candidate has only announced their running mate before achieving the nomination twice since the modern system of primaries came into use in the 1970s. These occasions were in ...
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What was the invitation of running for the Green Party in 2016 for Sanders?

In 2016 election, Bernie Sanders declined an invitation from US Green Party to run as a candidate representing the Green Party. Was that an invitation for the general election? Did that ...
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Why are candidates expected to win their home state?

In coverage of primaries and elections I often hear it stated that candidates are expected to win their home states, or that it is embarrassing not to. I've seen this assertion here, such as in Has a ...
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Why are states easily won by Bernie Sanders in 2016 not supporting him in 2020?

In Oklahoma, for example, the results of the 2016 primary gave Sanders a 10% lead over Clinton, while in Minnesota, the gap was even larger at 23%. In his home state of Vermont, Sanders won by over 70%...
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Are there any rules or laws requiring the a party to hold primaries if they have an incumbent running for reelection?

It is generally assumed that Donald Trump will be the republican nominee for U.S. President in the November 2020 election. However, from my understanding, he still has to actually win the primary; he ...
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Why do only 14 states participate in Super Tuesday?

Super Tuesday will be on March 3, 2020. Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and ...
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Why can't anybody that shares the president's name claim to have been elected?

Let's say I change my name to Donald Trump and declare my intent to run for President. If Trump is re-elected, why do I not have just as much as a claim to the presidency as him? The ballot doesn't ...
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What benefit is there to pulling out of the presidential race before Super Tuesday?

In the last couple of days, in the wake of the South Carolina primary, first Pete Buttigieg & now Amy Klobuchar have "suspended" their campaigns. This has come notably just before Super Tuesday, ...
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What is status of California signature verification on absentee ballots for the March 3, 2020 Primary?

According to this article, California election law permits state officials to throw away absentee ballots if they deem that the signature on the ballot does not match the signature on the voter ...
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How would next U.S. President be determined if there was a national emergency that significantly disrupted voting in many states?

This sort of builds up on this and this previous question. Both of them ask about if the President can block the transfer of their office to a successor. In response to the current Coronavirus ...
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Why do primaries contestants (usually) announce that they are “suspending” their campaign when they exit it?

It seems to be just another political euphemism, in line with politicians not being terribly willing to admit when they are wrong, but is there anything more than that to their use of "suspend" when ...
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Why did Bloomberg not run as a Republican?

Bloomberg ran as a Republican for mayor of New York City. His declared goal is to throw Trump out of office. If this is his primary goal wouldn't it have been better to try to run against him in the ...
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What has been the response in the US to threats of foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election?

Claims of potential foreign interference into the 2020 presidential election have been made as far back as October 2018, when the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) warned of interference from ...
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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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Why not having a presidential debate is a problem?

Romania is having presidential elections in this period (first round ended, the second is due in about 10 days). Many journalists have stressed out that there is a severe lack of debates among the ...
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Does Andrew Yang support single-payer?

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s website said this on March 9: With a shift to single-payer, costs can also be controlled directly by setting prices provided for medical ...
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Is current (November 2019) polling about Democrats lead over Trump trustworthy?

Right now, many polls (such as this ABC/Washington Post poll from November 5th) claim that the Democratic candidates have double digit leads over Trump. In the 2016 elections, however, polls suggested ...
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How unusual is it for a registered foreign agent to have a lead position in a Super Pac in the United States? Is it legal?

While this question addresses if a foreign national can donate to a pac, what about having an officer role in a super pac while registered as a foreign agent? Democratic presidential candidate Joe ...
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Do any 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates support a 0 copay 0 deductible Public Option?

2020 Democratic Presidential candidate’s Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders support a single-payer “Medicare for All” healthcare plan with zero copays and zero deductibles. Other candidates, like ...
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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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