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How to Elect a US President

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2. The Convention

Campaign Primaries
Election Day

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The party conventions are one of the great set pieces of American politics. Each state arrives at the hall with its own delegates and banners declaring which presidential candidate it supports. By this stage, the party normally knows who has won. The delegates from each state formally choose their champion to go forward as presidential candidate. The candidate with the most delegates wins - and normally secures the support of party rivals. The winning candidate also names a vice-presidential running mate.