So there are these things and there are also state primaries, and it’s during this stage that each registered citizen casts a vote for their chosen party candidate for President of the United States. Right? Bossy is sick today and therefore writing an explanatory post is like trying to catch cotton candy with a butterfly net. Um, yeah. See what she means?
Because when we cast our vote for a particular candidate we are really enabling that candidate’s delegate to go to the convention floor and cast a representative vote for that candidate. Bossy has a temperature of 99.2. And she just used the word candidate three times in one sentence.
The Democrats and the Republicans each have their own methods of sending delegates to the presidential party conventions. Also? Last night Bossy only slept for like thirty-five minutes while her heart bounced around in her chest. Dad? Is that normal?
The Democratic party has 4049 delegates in all, which are divided into two types: pledged delegates and superdelegates.
- Pledged delegates are elected or otherwise chosen at the local level, and there’s an understanding that they will support a particular candidate at the party’s convention. There’s an understanding, but they don’t always comply. Therefore depending on each state’s election rules, candidates are allowed to delete the name of those delegates who may cast a contrarian vote. For instance Bossy would never use the word contrarian if she weren’t delirious. Or in heart failure. There are 3253 pledged delegates in all.
- Superdelegates win their position as an outgrowth of their own political life—they are typically comprised of democratic congressmen, governors, national committee members, or other party leaders. They don’t have to indicate a preference for a candidate beforehand, although they are heavily courted by the candidates, which Bossy pronounces like Can-ih-dates even though there’s a D in the middle of the word.
When the results are tabulated following a primary or a caucus, the Democrats use proportional representation to decide how many pledged delegates are awarded to each candidate, so for example 40% of the vote gets 40% of the delegates. Another example is Bossy is not only wearing a sweatshirt to hide her Griddle Girls, but she is wrapped in an Ikea throw. A candidate must receive at least 15% of the vote to earn any pledged delegates.
There isn’t a process to win superdelegates because the superdelegates vote for
whoever buys them nice stuff is best qualified.
So then in August, all of those pledged delegates and superdelegates head to the Democratic National Convention in Denver to cast their nomination for President of the United States. In order for a candidate to become the party’s nominee, they must be nominated by a majority, or in this case 2,025 delegates out of a total of 4049 to win.
The Republican party has 2380 delegates in all, which are divided into two types: pledged delegates and unpledged delegates. Maybe when Bossy took her temperature she was holding the thermometer upside down and she really has a fever of 29.9?
- There are 1917 pledged delegates who are elected or chosen at the state level zzzzzzzz. Or maybe Bossy is just sick from watching a documentary about Mick Jagger where he flitted around in a jet from his French estate to his London townhouse. The pledged delegates promise to throw their support to a particular candidate.
- There are 463 unpledged delegates, many of whom are elected and some of who inherit their role through their own political affiliations. Whom? Who? Question: how long does it take Extra Strength Tylenol to kick-in? Answer: an aeon.
Each state has its own rules for awarding the Republican delegates following a caucus or primary—sometimes it’s winner-takes-all, and sometimes the candidates earn the percentage of pledged delegates directly corresponding to the percentage of their popular vote. Percentage Percentage Percentage. Vote Vote Etov.
And then in September, all of those Republican delegates head to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis.
The Republican nominee will be the candidate who wins the simple majority of the overall delegates, or 1191 to win.
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