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How to Elect a US President

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The US Constitution specifies that a president must be elected every four years. Candidates wanting to go for the most powerful job in the world must be at least 35 years old and a US citizen born in the USA. Potential candidates form an "exploratory committee" to garner support from sympathetic party followers and lobby donors for the vital campaign contributions. If they believe they have enough support, they inform federal authorities that they are in the race and get on with serious fund raising and state-to-state campaigning for their party's nomination.