In presidential elections, the process for voting for the candidate is likely to ensure that the candidate who wins has the most support. However, this may not be the case with other political offices.
I think that for a presidential candidate, the process of voting for the candidate ensures that the candidate who has the most support will win. However, this is not always true for other political offices like congress.
The process for nominating and electing public officials does not always ensure that the candidate with the most support wins. First, a candidate without a lot of support could win political office simply because of low political efficacy that leads to low voter turn-out. Second, the primaries and caucuses
1- what we should wonder is not why so few people vote (a little over half of those potentially eligible in presidential elections, about a third in congressional elections, and the percentage goes down from there to single digits in local primaries). 2- Despite all the variation in state rules, the bottom line today is that primaries are the most important method of winning party nominations at all levels. Rather than having party leaders play the central role in screening acceptable candidates to run, the citizens who take the time and trouble to turn out for primaries play that role. A great deal of research concludes that those who act “irrationally” and vote in primaries tend to be more motivated by strong partisan and ideological feelings, which means that more moderate candidates are at a disadvantage in primaries. Once elected, the more extreme candidates are less likely to compromise with the other side. Some of the gridlock we see in government today is an unintended consequence of a reform that was supposed to make elections more democratic. Candidate campaigns to win delegate support.
The first stage of a presidential campaign is the nomination campaign. At this time the candidate is competing with other candidates in...
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