Presidential Election Vs. Election

1620 Words Apr 27th, 2015 7 Pages
Fifteen years ago, President George Bush won the presidential election beating Al Gore, who had won the popular vote. This election is one of the most contested in this century. The same election is also an example of the United States Electoral College voting system in action. The Electoral College permits a candidate to win a presidential election without winning the popular vote. The American campaign and election system can be broken down into three significant parts, the nomination, the campaign, and the election. Each portion of the campaign and election system is distinct from the other, but have some similarities. Prior to running in the national presidential election, the candidate must win the party nomination. The nomination is the first portion of the campaign and election system. Stephan L. Taylor emphasizes the nomination in his article, “Nomination Mechanisms and GOP Party Evolution," for Outside the Beltway as, “There is no other country in the world that uses party primaries the way we use them in the United States.” Taylor is describing the uniqueness of the United States’ nomination process. He is using the same uniqueness to emphasize the flaws of the system. Taylor explains that the parties are not in control of what the candidates present to the public; this leads to the candidates appearing more extreme in an effort to gain more votes. Taylor concludes his article by emphasizing that the continuation of far right or left candidates will either cause…
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