Less than two months before the US presidential election day, FLAD joined the Observador for a weekly newsletter, the Special American Elections. Every Monday, João de Almeida Dias explains how the North-American elections work and the greatest moments of the campaign.

This week’s newsletter begins with the question: What are US National Party Conventions for? The conventions can become a party when it is already clear who will be the candidate to run in the elections. Others give a lot of work when the primary elections do not have a clear winner. In this case, the first-place candidate is at the mercy of the delegates who can choose a second and/or third figure as a candidate for the US presidency.

This year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both parties were forced to adapt the format of the conventions. On the Democratic side, they opted for a totally virtual convention. In the case of the Republican Party, some changes were put in place, but not so broad.

Find out all the details about this year’s conventions here and subscribe to the newsletter.