Presidential Elections 101

Ok. So, unless you are living under a rock, have no internet, no tv, no radio or don’t know how to read old fashioned newspaper headlines, you might not know there are some folks running for President of the United States. Yes sir! It’s a voting year!

Here are the major player:
Democrats:
Barack ‘n Roll Obama
Hillary Ice Queen Clinton

John Pretty Boy Edwards
Bill Who? Richardson

Republicans:
Rudy 9-11 Giuliani
Mike Dimples Huckabee
John Vietnam McCain
Mitt Mormon Romney

Ron Revolutionist Paul

So, a few people have asked me why in the world Iowa, of all places, is so important. Well, it seems that the Corn State, has its moments every four years. I would have to say that mostly, Iowa is important because it is the 1st state where both the Democrats and the Republicans actually try to get people to vote for their candidate. It’s not that it’s necessarily Iowa that is important, but because it is a Middle America agricultural state, where Farmers (si se puede!) apparently are political, it gets a lot of media hype. It really could be any other state, but either way, the 1st state to vote is still a pretty big deal. In this case, Iowa is important because it can make or break a candidate. Do you all remember when everyone was inspired by Howard Dean? He used to walk around with his sleeves rolled up talking big game and getting all the young people all excited? Well, he lost Iowa and we never heard from him again. He was lost in the void of red, white and blue confetti.

Anyways, there are two things that happen, a primary election and a caucus:
A primary election is determined at the national convention of each political party.
A caucus is a meeting of a political group where nominations take place for various offices.
So you see; they are both pretty much the same damn thing.
Each state either has one or the other. So, all these major candidates go to each state and they talk to people and make big speeches. If you belong to the Democratic Party, you can vote for one of the major players that you want to represent you in the final race, which is the main one in November. If you belong to the Republican Party, you also get a chance to choose your favorite candidate to square of against the opposing party.

So in essence, you vote twice. First, for the one you want and then in the major election. So, lets say you want Bill Richardson to represent the Democratic Party against the Republicans in November, even though you vote for him, he may not win the “Primary” election. Obama may win that. So, Obama would represent the Democratic Party against whoever the Republicans choose. Make sense?
Pretty easy right?

However, if you are registered to vote “Undecided” because you are one of those people that goes for personality rather than party affiliations, (not that I blame you, I can totally relate to that) you WONT be able to vote in the primary elections.

Pretty crazy right? The parties want people that are actually registered party members to vote for the players. However, you can always sign up for a party if you find this to be some sort of cruel and unusual punishment not worthy of your United States History class. Stick it to the man!
But, if you decide to stay undecided, do not fear, you can always just vote in the general election.

The California primary is just around the corner! Super Duper Tuesday, Feb 5th, where twenty other states will also be casting their votes. So, if you have moved, changed your name, want to register, or want to re-register under a party, you don’t have a lot of time! GO HERE and handle it!

And also, just as predicted, Obama won the Iowa caucus, more than 54% new voters turned out to support him, a lot of them being young people. So you see, we CAN make a difference! and now, Hillary is hating because she didnt think the youth vote mattered as much. Now that Obama won Iowa, he has a major lead over Hillary who came in third after John Edwards. Crazy eh?! Huckabee won the Iowa caucus for the Republicans, so right now, its looking like Obama will face Huckabee in the playoffs. The New Hampshire primary is next Tuesday, let’s see what happens! Exciting!
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6 thoughts on “Presidential Elections 101

  1. ://♥ says:

    uugghh! I think I’m registered as Undecided. Suckage! And I NEED to change my address!!! I need to go somewhere close to where I live dammit!

  2. ://♥ says:

    uugghh! I think I’m registered as Undecided. Suckage! And I NEED to change my address!!! I need to go somewhere close to where I live dammit!

  3. Wendy Carrillo says:

    :// – register to vote by mail! its easy, quick, and pain free!
    Just go to the link i have up and go it online!

    Durante – just nicknames they go by, Guiliani is 9/11. Not really in his favor considering all he says is “Vote for me! 9-11!”. Maybe now i should change it to “Hillary Dont Cry For Me Argentina Clinton”

  4. Wendy Carrillo says:

    :// – register to vote by mail! its easy, quick, and pain free!
    Just go to the link i have up and go it online!

    Durante – just nicknames they go by, Guiliani is 9/11. Not really in his favor considering all he says is “Vote for me! 9-11!”. Maybe now i should change it to “Hillary Dont Cry For Me Argentina Clinton”

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