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How does the Electoral College work?

North-Americans return to the polls on November 3rd to choose the next President for the next four years. Donald Trump is the candidate for re-election representing the Republican Party and is expected to be opposed by the Democratic Party either by Vermont Senator, Bernie Sanders, or by the former Vice-President Joe Biden. Voters choose the President indirectly, through the election of the delegates that make up the Electoral College. To win, either candidate must get at least 270 delegates.

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"Our work continues, the struggle continues, and big dreams never die. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."

Massachusetts Senator, Elizabeth Warren, suspends her campaign (March 5th)

Chronology

Iowa Caucus (3th)

The Democratic primaries began with a mix of surprise and confusion. Pete Buttigieg – the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana – scored an unexpected victory in the Iowa Caucus, and by a small margin, over the then-favorite Bernie Sanders, Senator of Vermont. The difficulties in the operation of a new vote-counting system led to the delay in the presentation and public challenge of the results.

Democratic primaries in New Hampshire (11th) and Nevada (22th)

February seemed to be Bernie Sanders’ month. After nearly tying with Pete Buttigieg in Iowa, where he even won the popular vote, Bernie Sanders won prominently in New Hampshire and Nevada, where he had the opposition (not formalized) of the powerful union representing the workers of the hospitality sector.

Democratic primary in South Carolina (29th)

After very positive results in the first three primaries, Bernie Sanders’ campaign was gaining momentum when Joe Biden did what he always said he would do – win South Carolina by attracting the Afro-American vote. The Vice-President won with more than twice the votes of the runner-up.

*In the Republican Party primary elections are also taking place, but the only candidate is Donald Trump, common in cases where presidents seek re-election for a second term.

Super Tuesday (3rd)

This Tuesday is Super because it’s the day during the primaries when more states go to the polls (14, among them California and Texas) and where the candidates can obtain about 1/3 of the delegates in the entire race. It was on Super Tuesday that Joe Biden demonstrated that he has the capacity to become the Democratic nominee, winning in 10 of the 14 states. The rest were won by Bernie Sanders, the favorite before the poll.

Big Tuesday (10th)

North Dakota, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, and Washington go to the polls. The set of delegates to votes may allow one of the two Democratic candidates to gain new momentum within this more contested stage. It will be the first vote ever without Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren in the race.

Democratic primaries in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio (17th)

Two of the major swing states go to the democratic primary, Florida, and Ohio. The results in Florida are especially important to assess which of the candidates has the most receptivity within the Latin-American community.

Democratic primary in Georgia (24th)

*In the Republican Party primary elections are also taking place, but the only candidate is Donald Trump, common in cases where presidents seek re-election for a second term.

Democratic primaries in Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii and Louisiana (4th)

Wisconsin Primary (7th)

Primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island (28th)

The day the major states of the East Coast of the United States are disputed, some of the most important in this race. New York is, among Democrats, the second with the most delegates up for grabs. Pennsylvania, one of the Swing states and part of the so-called Rust Belt, where the industrialized cities that Trump managed to win in 2016, is also in the electoral race to be disputed.

Kansas and Guam primaries (2th)

Indiana Primary (5th)

Nebraska and West Virginia primaries (12th)

Kentucky and Oregon primaries (19th)

Primaries in Columbia, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota (2nd)

Democratic Caucus in the Virgin Islands (6th)

Republican Primary in Puerto Rico (7th)

Democratic Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (13th to 16th)

After the primary process, Democrats gather to ratify (or decide) which candidate will be nominated to face Donald Trump in the next November presidential election.

Republican Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina (24th to 27th)

Republicans gather in Charlotte to confirm that Donald Trump will run for re-election in November. Without internal opposition, Donald Trump seeks to remain in the presidency until January 2025. The last U.S. President who failed to stand for re-election was George H. W. Bush, who lost in 1992 to Bill Clinton.

South Bend, Indiana (29th)

The first head-to-head between the two presidential candidates. Donald Trump and the chosen ones to lead the democratic ticket will face off in Indiana, the city led by Pete Buttigieg, one of the sensations for the Democratic party at the start of this election.

Salt Lake City, Utah (7th)

First and only debate between the two candidates for vice-president.

Ann Arbor, Michigan (15th)

For the second time, with about two weeks to go before the final vote, the presidential candidates leading the world’s largest economy face off again in a debate.

Nashville, Tennessee (22nd)

The third and final debate between the two candidates for president of the United States, comes just under a week before North-Americans go to the polls.

November 3rd

Election for President of the United States

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