Presidential Race

The Candidates 

Primaries and Caucuses

Each election year political parties nominate candidates through caucuses and primaries that are held January through June. Each state holds either a primary or caucus. Although primaries and caucuses achieve the same thing, they have their differences. A caucus is held by a state party (aka Republicans or Democrats) and only registered party members can participate. Unlike a caucus, a primary is held by the state. Registered party members can take part in a closed primary while anyone registered to vote can participate in an open primary. Voters express presidential candidate preference through polls; therefore, primaries normally have more attendance since they are a smaller time commitment for voters and are more accessible for voters.

Follow the current caucuses and primaries. . . 

CLICK THE IMAGE BELOW TO FOLLOW THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE SO FAR!

  • Visual and interactive map created and coded by our own, Megan Wittman!

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  • This interactive from the New York Times offers an in-depth explanation of caucuses and primaries

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  • Still struggling to understand primaries, caucuses, superdelegates, and the rest of the process? Try this article from Ballotpedia.

 

 

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