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How to Elect a US President

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1. The Primaries

Campaign Primaries
Election Day

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The primary is the first step in choosing a party's presidential candidate. In most countries, the party picks the candidate. But in the US, voters who declare support for one party or another get to choose from the list of candidates. The candidates, campaigning against other members of the same party, must win enough state primaries to give them a majority of delegates at the party convention in the summer. Some states, such as Iowa, use a caucus system rather than primaries to choose their delegates. Whereas in primaries people simply indicate at the ballot box which delegates they support, caucuses (the word derives from an Indian word for a gathering) are more complex and work by selecting delegates through a number of stages.