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How to Elect a US President

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3. The Campaign

Campaign Primaries
Election Day

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The rival candidates square up for the presidential campaign proper. Policies are refined, often to take into account the supporters of the candidates who have been eliminated. This stage of the campaign is shorter than the slog through the state primaries. There is heavy spending on nationwide television publicity, and there are usually televised debates between the candidates. In the final weeks, the contenders typically concentrate their attention on the big so-called "swing states" as they battle it out for the critical electoral college votes.