I distinctly remember the 2012 US Elections. The run-up to it coincided with my first year of university (BA Politics and International Relations); naturally, it was a topic of fascination.
As we entered the final quarter before the election, I found myself passionate and excited. I was living in Massachusetts at the time. There was something magical and invigorating about the political environment; you got a high from the debates and intellectual conversations across campuses.
On Tuesday 8th November 2016, over 315 million US Residents will have a say in what will be a game-changer in the tentacles of international relations. Tensions will increase and dissipate. Either way, the ultimate result will have far-fetching consequences on the rest of the world.
What will happen between now and November in the run-up to the election?
Primary Election- The two main Parties in the US will select their candidates to represent the Party in the election (the Democrats and Republicans).
On 1st February, Iowa was the first state (of 50) to select the candidate. New Hampshire will follow on the 9th February.
The winners of the elections will be the representative for each respective Party. Following this, each candidate selects a Vice President. The candidates and Vice Presidents are officially announced at each Party Convention.
Following this, the candidates race against one another, and the candidate with the most votes wins.