US Presidential Elections 2016

When is the next US Presidential Election?

The 58th US presidential election will take place on November 8, 2016.

How is the US Presidential elected?

The US presidential elections are normally indirect. Technically, the entire election is an indirect vote that lets the citizens cast their ballots for any of the US Electoral College Members. The presidential elections take place after every four years. The upcoming elections will be on the 8th of November, 2016. So how is the president elected?

Eligibility

Before the elections commence, all the candidates are expected to be qualified, under specific prerequisites. They include the following;

• Must be 35 years and above.

• Must be an American resident for at least 14 years.

• The age and residency prerequisites must be met before the Inauguration Day.

In addition to all these, it is stated, under then 22nd Amendment to the Constitution that the term limit of any US president is two terms.

The Nomination Process

Currently, the nomination process entails two main parts, the primary elections and caucuses, which are held in every state and the nominating conventions, which are held by every political party. Basically, the primary elections are organized by the state and local government. Conversely, the caucuses are run by the political parties directly. The entire election process is somewhat complex, since some states will carry out the caucuses, some will hold the primary elections, while others will combine the two.

The presidential primaries and caucuses are also indirect, just like the general election. Typically, the major political parties will officially vote for their candidates at the nominating conventions. This voting will take place the summer, prior to the federal election. The voters in the US are able to elect delegates to the national conventions, though there are also the unpledged delegates. These delegates are free to vote for the candidate they wish. The unpledged delegates of the Republicans include the top officials of the party. Conversely, the democrats have more unpledged delegates, referred to as the super delegates, these are the elected officials and the party leaders. A vice president will be chosen by every candidate to run on the same ticket.

The Popular Vote

The popular vote is determined on the Election Day. Every legislature of a state will determine how the electors in the Electoral College are chosen. Nonetheless, there are other methods that are accepted. The federal law states that every elector should be selected on the first Tuesday, following the first Monday of November.

The voters are expected to vote on a ballot, where they choose the candidate that they wish to choose. The candidate’s electors are the ones responsible for the presidential ballot. This implies that the voter is basically approving a line up of electors that are dedicated to vote for a particular presidential candidate.

The Electoral College

The majority of the states develop the winner-take-all strategy, in which the candidate with the most votes is declared the winner. Nonetheless, the rule doesn’t apply in Nebraska and Maine, rather, they give the winning candidate in the state two votes, while the winner in the Congressional district is given a vote.

When all the votes in every state have been counted and one candidate has more votes that the others, they will be declared the next president of the United States. However, in case the president hasn’t been elected by the Inauguration Day, then the Vice President elect will act as the president. Also, if none is chosen by then, then the Congress, under the law, will choose the one, who will act as President.

Who are the Candidates in US Presidential Election (2016)?

The next US presidential elections are to be held on November 8th, 2016. The race for the presidency is already shaping up. Also, there are a number of presidential candidates who have already announced that they will be vying for the top seat. There are some new faces in the race, while others are common to many people. Most of the declared candidates are Republicans, while so far, there is only one declared Democrat.

Here is a look of the top candidates for the US presidential election in 2016:

Donald Trump

Donald Trump is a famous TV celebrity, business magnate, and the son of a new york based real-estate tycoon. This republican candidate is 69 years old and his net worth is approx. 8.1 billion.  He currently serves as the president and chairman of The Trump Organization.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

 

This is the only declared Democrat, who was Secretary of State from the 21st of January, 2009 to the 1st of February, 2013. The announcement of her run was made by the manager of her campaign, John Podesta on the 12th of April, 2015.

Mrs. Clinton is the wife of the former president, Mr. Bill Clinton. She served as the senator for New York, from 2001 through 2009. Later on in 2008, Clinton ran for the presidency on a Democratic ticket, but lost to Barack Obama, a fellow Democrat. Nevertheless, she had already served as the first lady when President Bill Clinton was in power. She became the first former first lady of the US to serve in the Senate, as well as the cabinet of the president.

She leased two major floors in Brooklyn, which will be her campaign’s headquarters. She has also built the biggest campaign operation, compared to other candidates. She also stepped down from the Clinton Foundation board, for reasons of focusing on the presidency.

Ted Cruz

Mr. Cruz is a Republican, Texas Senator and he has been in office since the 3rd of January, 2013. He officially announced that he will run for the 2016 US presidential elections on the 23rd of March, 2015. He previously served as a Texas solicitor general between 2003 and 2008. During his time, he was declared the youngest in America. In addition, he was the longest-serving candidate in the solicitor general and the first Hispanic in Texas to serve as a solicitor general. In his time in office, he has authored over 80 briefs of the US Supreme Court. In addition, he has also argued 43 oral opinions. Nine out of the 43 oral arguments were argued in the US Supreme Court.

Earlier on, he appeared several times on the TV and declared he was running in the 2016 presidential elections. He also set up Houston as the headquarter of his campaign and this is where most of his activities will be coordinated.

Rand Paul

This Republican senator from Kentucky has been in office since the 3rd of January, 2011. He announced on his website on the 7th of April, 2015, that he would be among the 2016 US presidential candidates. This was some hours before he held a rally in Louisville. He has a close relationship with the presidential elections, but it comes from his father. His father was a former Republican, who ran thrice, but he once ran as a Libertarian.

He won the Straw Poll again, making it three times in a row. He was also encouraged from the crowd as he was giving his speech, people chanted, President Paul. Mr. Paul hired the professional Chip Englander to be his campaign manager.

Marco Rubio

This is another Republican, who is the current Florida Senator. He has been in office since the 3rd of January, 2011. He officially announced that he will run for the presidency in 2016, through a conference call. Mr. Rubio is also a member of the Gang of Eight. This is a group of senators that have been recognized for the amazing work they have done on the immigration reform.

He claimed that he is a focused candidate that is the most ideal for the next generation. He claimed that most of the current ideas are aimed at the 20th century. Mr. Rubio also hired Mr. Jim Merrill as his adviser in his campaign. Mr. Merrill was the previous campaign manager of Mitt Romney.

Technically, there are more Republicans that have declared they will be running for the 2016 US presidential elections. It is going to be a tight one, especially because all the candidates seem fit for the top seat. They also have a solid support staff, with strong donors as well. So, who will be the next US president? The polls will decide.

Comprehensive list of US Presidential Candidates

With accordance to the American constitution, President Barrack Obama is in his final term as the USA president and he doesn’t qualify to re-run for the seat. The next general election might seem too far for the citizens, but it is as near as tomorrow for the contenders. This forthcoming presidential is most likely one with the most candidates in the American history. There are a number of top candidates that have already announced they will run for America’s most powerful position.
Most of the 2016 US presidential Candidates are Republicans, with only a few Democrats. Here is a look at the probable candidates that might make up their mind to fully take part in the presidential elections;

US Presidential Candidates from the Democratic Party

This is the party with the current president of the US, Barrack Obama. Other than Ms. Hillary Clinton, who has officially declared to be running in 2016, there are other few Democrats that will also be engaged in the race. They include the following:

Joe Biden

Mr. Biden is the current vice president of the US, since 2009, when Obama was sworn in. He was initially the running mate of Mr. Obama in the 2008 elections. In 2013, Biden cited that he wasn’t desperate for the presidency, probably because they won in 2008 with Obama and are still in power. Nonetheless, he said that it is also possible for him to run in 2016. Earlier on, he had attempted to run for the presidency in 1988. He intends to officially announce his decision during the summer and he is also determined to challenge Ms. Hillary Clinton.Update : Joe Biden recently announced he is not running for Presidency. 

Lincoln Chafee

He is the former Rhode Island governor, who just stepped down recently, having served since 2011. He was also a Republican, who was appointed the senator that took over his father’s seat, after the father died. Chafee then joined the Democratic party in 2013, after successfully winning as a governor with an Independent ticket.

He had an interview on CNN and he cited that he will take part in the 2016 US presidential elections, believing that he is strong enough and that he has a strong support from the citizens. Nevertheless, his spokesperson said that they are still making the final decision about their participation in the forthcoming elections.

Martin O’Malley

Mr. O’Malley served as the governor of Maryland between January 2007 and January 2015. He also was the Executive Council of Governor’s chair, during his time as Maryland governor. Other than that, he was the Baltimore Mayor between 1999 and 2007. In relation to the 2016 US presidential elections, he cited that he was highly considering it. He has also moved to Baltimore, with an aim of fully engaging in the 2016 elections. Technically, he is heading back home, which could be the headquarters of his campaign.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie_SandersMr. Sanders is the current Vermont Senator since January 2007. In 2012, he was named among the top 20 most progressive leaders in America. He personally said that he was ready to run for the presidency in the forthcoming elections. Nevertheless, he cited that it was not among his top desired, though he is ready to give it a shot. His intentions to run were seen when he visited top states like South Carolina, New Hampshire and Iowa, with an aim of weighing if he has a solid support.

Jim Webb

Webb is a former Virginia senator, who served between 2007 and 2013. He was also the Navy Secretary between 1987 and 1988 and was in the US Marines between 1968 and 1972. Concerning the 2016 elections, Webb said that he had formed an Exploratory Committee to determine if he should run. He cited that he is looking at the chances of running.

US Presidential Candidates from the Republican Party

This is the another powerful party, which has had many US presidential Candidates that became president, like George W. Bush. The top Republicans, who have declared they will run in the 2016 presidential elections are Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Here are the other Republicans, who might join the three in the race:

John Bolton

He is a top American lawyer and was the US ambassador to the UN between 2005 and 2006. He is also among the top candidates that intend to vie for the presidency. He gave his views in support of gay marriage and he plans to join others in the 2016 presidential elections.

Jeb Bush

Jeb_BushThe brother to the former president George W. Bush, who are sons to Sr. George H.W. Bush. He is a former Florida Governor, who served between 1999 and 2007. He announced on his Facebook Page that he is highly considering the chances of running in the 2016 elections. He has also formed a commission that helps him to develop a strong connections all across the country, with a focus to the critical aspects. Jeb Bush is 62 year old, he is 6′ 3″ tall and his full name is John Ellis Bush.

Dr. Ben Carson

You might have read about him in his book, Gifted Hands. The retired Pediatric Neurosurgeon is now an active politician, who is thinking of becoming the second black president of the US. He was named the Pediatric Neurosurgery director at the Johns Hopkins University. He became the director at 33, which made him the youngest in history. He said he might consider running in the 2016 presidential elections, though he said he wasn’t in such a hurry. In support to his consideration, his committee that funds his campaign, managed to raise about 12 million dollars. This 62 year old is a christian by religion and represents the republicans.

Chris Christie

He is the current New Jersey governor, who has been in office since January 2010. Before being governor, he was the New Jersey’s US attorney between 2002 and 2008. He was previously asked about the 2016 US presidential elections and he cited that he might consider it. However, he added that the decision is difficult to make, which is a vital one. He has visited Iowa for more than 10 times between 2010 and now, which might be another proof that he is in the race. He is 52 years old and represents the republicans.

Bob Ehrlich

Mr. Ehrlich is the former Maryland governor, who was in office between January 2003 and January 2007. He broke a record to defeat a Democrat, Kathleen Townsend, and this saw him becoming the first Republican to win the seat in nearly 40 years. Nevertheless, it went back to a Democrat in 2006. He cited that he might join the tight presidential race in 2016. He is 57 years old and represents the republicans.

Mark Everson

He is the current vice chair of the specialty tax service company and he was also the former commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service in the President Bush’s administration. Technically, he has some insight of how to build a country with a better economy. Which is why he is considering joining the 2016 presidential elections.

Carly Fiorina

She is the current chair of the ACUF, the American Conservative Union Foundation, as well as the Opportunity International, the Good360 and the unlocking Potential Project. In March, 2015, she was asked on Fox News, if she will be in among the US presidential Candidates in 2016 and she agreed to it. She said that he will announce it officially around May.

Jim Gilmore

Mr. Gilmore is the former Virginia governor, who was in office between 1998 and 2002. He is currently the Fress Congress Foundation president. He also said that he might consider joining the 2016 presidential elections. He might not be such an active politician, but he is more than determined to take part in it and ensure that he makes it to the end.

Lindsey Graham

He is the current South Carolina Senator and has been in office since January 2003. He said in January 2015 that he was highly considering joining the race for the US president in 2016. He has a foreign policy that he believes will be his strength in the race. He also cited that he can take the risk of joining the other candidates.

Mike Huckabee

Huckabee is a former Arkansas governor, who served between 1996 and 2007. He previously gave the thought of joining in the 2016 presidential elections. Also, he cited that he will officially announce it soon. He also got a support from Nick Ryan, who operates in Iowa, under a commission that campaigns for Huckabee.

Bobby Jindal

Mr. Jindal is the current Louisiana governor and is also among the US presidential Candidates that are to join the tight race in 2016. He said that he is thinking and praying about it. There has been a commission that has been launched, the Believe Again campaign that supports Jindal in the race. He is a 44 year old, american Indian, from the Republican party. He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

John Kasich

John is the current Ohio governor, who has served since January 2011. In 2000, he ran for the presidency, but wasn’t successful. He was asked in March last year, if he would run in the 2016 elections, but he said he wasn’t interested. He didn’t exactly mention if he will be in the race, though there are chances.

Pete King

He is a current member of the US house of Reps from New York, who has been in service since January 2013. He said he was prepared to run in the elections and was ready to take on the top contenders like Ms. Clinton.

Sarah Palin

Ms. Palin became more famous in the 2008 presidential elections, where she was John McClain’s the running mate. Unfortunately, they lost to Obama and Biden. She is a former Alaska governor that served between 2006 and 2009. She has also not specifically announced that he will join in the race, but there are chances that she could be in the race.

George Pataki

He is a former New York governor, who served for 4 terms, consecutively, between 1995 and 2006. He has visited Iowa severally and even though he had announced in 2011 that he is not interested in the presidency, he might run this time round. He has criticized the Obama’s take on the Islamic State group and said that he was thinking about joining in the race.

Mike Pence

Mr. Pence is the current Indiana governor, since 2013 and he is also among the named candidates that might run for the presidency in 2016. He has also mentioned it himself that he can give it a shot in the 2016 elections.

Rick Perry

He is a former Texas governor, who has been in office from 2000 to 2015. He has cited that he has spent more than 20 months in preparation for the 2016 presidential elections. He indirectly indicated that he will run, and if he doesn’t, then he is not well prepared.

Rick Santorum

He is a former Pennsylvania senator that was in office between 1995 and 2007. He was also one of the Pennsylvania US House of Reps between 1991 and 1995. He was asked if he would run in the forthcoming elections and he cited that America wants an underdog, which is why he is in the race.

Rick Snyder

He was the current Michigan governor, since 2011 and he is among the US presidential Candidates that are prepared to join the race in 2016. He was previously among the favorites to be vice president in 2012, but Paul Ryan was the most favored. He said he is highly considering the 2016 presidential elections.

Scott Walker

He is the current Wisconsin governor and has been in office since 2011. He was asked by Martha Raddatz about his interest in the presidency and he was positive with it. He said that he was ready to take the risk, after he was elected the governor in areas that are not concentrated with Republicans.

Third Party And Independent Candidates

Kenn Gividen

He is the chief editor of DailyKenn.com and he has officially joined the 2016 elections. He is running on the Libertarian Party and is aiming to be the next president. He is the editor of the online news site that has an aim of changing the perspectives of the citizens. He might not be too certain of being the next president, but he hopes to make a difference in the long run.

Bob Whitaker

Mr. Whitaker is a political activist and a writer, who was a college professor as well. He was also a Voice of America writer and now is interested in the presidency of the US. He is set to join in the race, but it is understood that he will be the running mate of Kenn Gividen.

Election 2016 Policy Issues

The 2016 US Presidential elections are drawing nearer and the race is only becoming tighter. More candidates are declaring to run for the top seat in the country. They are carrying out detailed campaigns that are aimed at describing what they can do when they are given the chance to lead the nation. Here is a look at some of the top election 2016 policy issues, with regard to the major candidates;

1. Immigration

This has been a major concern over the years and it is mostly related to the Mexico-America immigration. Different candidates had different ideas on immigration:

Clinton cited in 2014 that she was for the campaign for immigration reforms and a way to citizenship. She also supported the S. 1348, which was the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, 2007.

Rand Paul, A top Republican, said that he is not in support of amnesty. On the contrary, he was in favor of the legal immigration process. He condemned the millions of people, who get through the US border illegally.

Marco Rubio was also in favor of the comprehensive immigration reform bill, as well as the Economic Opportunity and Immigration Act.

• On the contrary, Ted Cruz was against the comprehensive immigration reform.

Most of the major candidates supported the reform, with only a few opposing it.

2. Same-sex Marriage

Gay marriage has also been a common topic that has had different opinion from different candidates.

Ted Cruz opposed it, citing that it is against Christianity and he also presented the State Marriage Defense Act in 2014. This act was categorically meant to define the real meaning of marriage.

Marco Rubio is against same-sex marriage and he said marriage is only between a man and a woman and added that the state is the one that should control marriage, but not the Congress.

Rand Paul was also against the same-sex marriage and only supports the marriage between a man and a woman.

Hillary Clinton is among the top candidates that fully support gay marriage and she cites that the issue of marriage equality is an important human right concern.

This is one of the election 2016 policy issues that has had divided support. Other candidates that support gay marriage include Martin O’Malley and Jeb Bush.

 

3. Education

This is an issue that is very vital in the nation and it is relatively supported by every candidate.

Hillary Clinton supported the campaign to make the college schooling more affordable in the country. He also commended President Obama for enhancing the federal Pell grants by a thousand dollars.

Ted Cruz co-funded the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and communities via the Education Act that was aimed at increasing the school choices.

Rand Paul is also another candidate that highly supports education in his campaign.

4. Gun Control

A number of candidates are against this issue.

Hillary Clinton is supporting the gun control laws, citing that a minority of people are the ones that control and harasses the majority of people.

Ted Cruz supports the Second Amendment, which is all about the protection of individuals and the people around them.

Rand Paul Supports the Second Amendment as well.

The second amendment restricts citizens from owning guns.

5. Taxes

Hillary Clinton supported the medical device tax, which helps people in collecting more tax.

Tex Cruz co-funded the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act that was proposing the ban on local and state taxation of eCommerce and internet access.

Rand Paul has a strategy of using a universal flat tax of 17%, while removing the estate tax.

6. Economy

Rubio was highly supportive of new ways and strategies that can help boost the economy. He commended the recovery of the country at the highest levels in the economy. Hillary Clinton intends to advocate for a populist economic platform, which is generally meant to boost up the county’s economy. She aims to implement strategies that will strengthen the unions, add more spending on the bridges, roads and other infrastructures. She also aims at generating more jobs that will enhance the productivity of the economy.

7. Health Care

Hillary Clinton cited in 2014 that she was fully in support of the Obamacare and he opposed the individual-payer health insurance.

Ted Cruz
sponsored the S. 647, the Health Care Choice Act, in March, 2015. This is contrary to the Obamacare. He cited that it is better to have an individual health insurance, which is more personal and optional.

Rand Paul was against the Affordable Care Act and supports the individual-payer health insurance, which offers more freedom.

8. Climate Change

Marco Rubio doesn’t believe that the climate change is caused by human activities. He believes that the laws that have been laid against industrial causes is a way of devastating the economy. Ted Cruz also believes that human activities does not contribute to the climate change and he opposed the intervention of the government. Hillary Clinton on the contrary, supports the Clean Air Act that is aimed at shutting down the power plant that emit carbon into the air. She supports the current administration that is against the power plants, which are claimed to cause the climate change.

9. Foreign Policy.

Ted Cruz cited that Americans must be empowered to fight for freedom and stand against the states that are at war with them. In 2014, Republican, Bobby Jindal commended the president for realizing that China is a developing threat, however, he criticized him for not doing the right thing to protect the country. Rand Paul reintroduced the S 633 bill, Stand With Israel Act, 2015. The bill was to cut all the foreign aid to Palestine, with an aim of supporting Israel.

10. Environment

Hillary Clinton supported the green-collar jobs in the economic stimulus package, by supporting the $5B funding. She also voted against the Yucca Mountain. She delegated a person to take care of the Hurricane Katrina situation.Ted Cruz voted No on the protection of coastal, Great Lakes and ocean ecosystems.

Generally, every presidential candidate has their own take on the election 2016 policy issues and they all have their reasons for their views and decisions. Some are amusing, others are not, but all in all, they are only giving their take.

The 2015-16 US Election Calendar

The official election started in April 1st, which was the deadline for the filing of the political parties. The next date will be on May 5th, which will be a Special Election in New York. Other special elections and primaries will take place throughout the year, and in 2016. The Republican and Democratic Presidential Nominating Convention will take place between July 18th to 21st and July 25th to 28th, respectively. The official Election date will be on the 8th of November, 2016.
  • APRIL 1, 2015: Kentucky – Filing Deadline (Third Parties & Independents)
  • APRIL 7, 2015: Chicago (IL) Mayor – Run-Off
  • APRIL 20, 2015: Illinois – CD-18 Special Election Filing Deadline
  • MAY 5, 2015: New York – CD-5 Special Election
  • MAY 12, 2015: Mississippi – CD-1 Special Election Primary
  • MAY 19, 2015: Kentucky – Primary
  • JUNE 2, 2015: Mississippi – CD-1 Special Election Runoff
  • JUNE 5-7, 2015: Prohibition Party Presidential Nominating Convention – Helen, Georgia
  • JULY 7, 2015: Illinois – CD-18 Special Election Primary
  • AUGUST 4, 2015: Mississippi – Primary
  • AUGUST 8, 2015: Iowa – GOP Presidential Straw Poll
  • AUGUST 25, 2015: Mississippi – Primary Run-Off
  • SEPTEMBER 10, 2015: Illinois – CD-18 Special General Election Louisiana – Filing Deadline
  • OCTOBER 23, 2015: Kentucky – Filing Deadline (Write-Ins)
  • OCTOBER 24, 2015: Louisiana – Gubernatorial & Statewide Primary
  • NOVEMBER 3, 2015: Kentucky – Gubernatorial & Statewide General Election Mississippi – Gubernatorial & Statewide General Election
  • NOVEMBER 21, 2015: Louisiana – Gubernatorial & Statewide Run-Off (if needed)
  • JANUARY 18, 2016: Iowa – Presidential Caucuses
  • JANUARY 26, 2016: New Hampshire – Presidential Primary
  • FEBRUARY 13, 2016: Nevada – Presidential Caucuses
  • FEBRUARY 20, 2016: South Carolina – Presidential Primary
  • MARCH 8, 2016: Michigan – Presidential Primary
  • JULY 18-21, 2016: Republican Presidential Nominating Convention – Cleveland, Ohio
  • JULY 25-28, 2016: Democratic Presidential Nominating Convention – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • NOVEMBER 8, 2016: Election Day – Nationwide

Is Obama eligible to participate in the US Presidential Election 2016?

No, the current democrat incumbent, Barack Obama, isn’t eligible for the next presidential election as the US constitution doesn’t allow a third term for the president.

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