Black Votes Matter
Preston Love Jr
2016 NEBRASKA DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS.
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CAUCUS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK.
The process of becoming the President of the United States is complex and lengthy. It begins with each of the major political parties deciding who will get the party’s nomination and become the Democratic or Republican Party’s candidate to become the President. It is important to note that the first step is entirely within each party separately. The Democrats do their thing as do the Republican. In a later column I will dissect the anatomy of a presidential campaign. This article will focus on primary/caucus season, which begins February 1st in Iowa.
But first let’s review the basic process for a party’s candidate to run for President against the other party’s candidate. For simplicity I am not dealing with the possibility of a third party candidate. To become the party’s nominee the candidate must receive the majority of the delegate’s votes at the national Parties convention in the late summer of the presidential year.
The delegates are representatives from every state. The number of delegates from each state is based on a complex set of variables but boils down to the population of the state.
Example: Nebraska has 30 democratic delegates to the national convention and Ohio has 159 delegates.