The 2016 Presidential Election


America to Trump: You're Hired
November 8, 2016
Donald Trump defied expectations and most Election Day polls and won the Presidency.

Inexperienced Presidents a Rare Club
November 8, 2016
Very few U.S. Presidents have been elected to the highest office in the Executive Branch without having ever held elective office. In fact, the number is five, including Donald Trump.

No Three-peat for Democrats in White House
November 8, 2016
The victory of Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election meant that the Democratic Party did not win three presidential elections in a row, following Barack Obama's two victories in 2008 and 2012.

Election Day Visits to Anthony Grave Skyrocket
November 8, 2016
Election Day visits to the grave of women's suffrage pioneer Susan B. Anthony rose on a day when the Democratic Party nominee was a woman, Hillary Clinton.

Trump, Clinton Maintain Momentum
March 15, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump widened their leads in their respective drives toward the Presidency. On what has been called Super Tuesday 3, both candidates won four of the five state primaries. Clinton won big in Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, and Ohio. With 1,021 delegates, she is now nearly halfway to her goal of 2,383. Her challenger, Bernie Sanders, won Missouri and has 678 delegates to his name. Trump won in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, and North Carolina. Ohio Gov. John Kasich won his home state but not by much. Trump’s delegate count is now 568. (He needs 1,237 to win.)

Trump, Clinton Widen Delegate Leads
March 8, 2016
Donald Trump won three states, and the two Democratic candidates split their primaries. The result was wider leads overall for Trump and Hillary Clinton. Trump won the primary elections in Hawaii, Michigan, and Mississippi. Cruz won 45 percent of the votes in Idaho. Clinton got an overwhelmingly high percentage of the Mississippi vote, 83. Michigan was much closer. Bernie Sanders won just more than 50 percent of the vote in Michigan, which was enough to give him a slight majority of the delegates from that state.

No Knockouts Yet for Clinton, Trump
March 5, 2016
Proving that the race isn't yet over, Bernie Sanders scored wins in the Kansas and Nebraska caucuses and Ted Cruz triumphed in the Kansas and Maine caucuses. The two candidates trail behind Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the delegate count for their respective political party nominations, but the voters of the state at the geographical center of the contiguous United States chose them as the ones to vote for on March 5. Clinton and Trump won their parties' Louisiana primary, and Trump won the Kentucky Republican caucus.

Superb Tuesday for Clinton, Trump
March 1, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have taken commanding leads in the delegate count in their respective political parties’ nomination process for President. Voters in 12 states went to the polls or caucuses on Super Tuesday, and the result was more of the same for the two leaders. Clinton won big in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The results widened her lead over the other Democrat remaining in the race, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who won his home state going away and also won tighter victories in Colorado, Minnesota, and Oklahoma. Trump, meanwhile, won a plurality of the vote in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Virginia and barely won in Vermont. Ted Cruz, a Senator from Texas, won his home state and neighboring Oklahoma, along with Alaska. As a result, Clinton now has gained the support of 544 more pledged delegates. She needs 2,383 to win the nomination. Trump now has gained the support of 274 pledged delegates. He needs 1,237 to win the nomination.

Trump Wins in Nevada; Clinton Prevails in S.C.
February 28, 2016
Donald Trump continued to find strong support in the Republican Party primaries and caucuses, scoring a resounding victory in the Nevada Caucuses. Hillary Clinton scored a dominant victory in the Democratic Party primary in South Carolina. Trump won 46 percent of the vote and secured 14 delegates. A distant second was Marco Rubio, with 24 percent of the vote and 7 delegates. Ted Cruz got 6 delegates for his 21 percent share of the vote. Ben Carson and John Kasich received 1 delegate each; neither got above 5 percent of the vote. Clinton, meanwhile, won 74 percent of the vote, with Sanders taking the other 26 percent. Clinton claimed 41 delegates to Sanders' 12. The race now shifts to a wider focus, with Super Tuesday on the horizon. On that day, 14 states will have their Republican primary or caucus.

Trump Wins in S.C.; Clinton Prevails in Nevada
February 21, 2016
Weekend voting in Nevada and South Carolina has resulted in wins for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In the Democratic Party Nevada Caucuses, Clinton finished with 53 percent of the vote and got 22 delegates. For taking out 47 percent of the vote, Sanders received 15 delegates. The running delegate total on the Democratic side has both Clinton and Sanders with 51. For the Republican Primary in South Carolina, Trump got 32 percent of the vote. Rubio and Cruz both had 22 percent. Finishing far behind were Bush, Kasich, and Carson. After the primary results were announced, Bush ended his presidential campaign. Carly Fiorina and Jim Gilmore ended their campaigns after finishing far back in the field in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

New Hampshire: Sanders, Trump Win Emphatically
February 9, 2016
It was a resounding victory for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the New Hampshire primaries. Sanders, the Democratic Senator from Vermont, convincingly got more votes than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. On the Republican side, Trump was a clear first, but the picture after that was a bit muddled.

Iowa: Cruz a Clear Winner, Clinton Squeaks By
February 1, 2016
Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Hillary Clinton have won the most votes in the Iowa Caucuses. The race for the delegates has just begun. Caucuses took place in all 99 of Iowa’s counties. Many observers had predicted a high turnout, and that is what many caucus sites reported, even as a fierce snowstorm descended on the state.

Serious Time in Presidential Election
The primary and caucus season is just around the corner, and candidates have been traveling around the country and debating one another on TV to promote their candidacies.

Presidential Candidates Cross Wide Field of Experience
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Super Tuesday: Elections across the Country
Super Tuesday is the generally understood name for a day in February or March of an American presidential election year on which a large number of states have primary elections or caucuses. Presidential candidates achieve the nomination of their party by achieving the support of a majority of delegates on offer, and Super Tuesday is the day on which the most delegates are available. March 1 is the 2016 date for Super Tuesday. On that day, these 14 states will have primaries or caucuses.

Superdelegates and the Democratic Party
The presidential nomination process for the Democratic Party includes a large number of delegates who are not chosen as part of the primary and causes process. These people are called superdelegates. Of the 2,382 delegates that the eventual Democratic nominee will need to earn in the 2016 election, 712 are superdelegates. (The number has varied through the years.) This group includes every sitting Representative, Senator, and governor, as long as that person is a member of the Democratic Party. Because the current President, Barack Obama, and the current Vice-president, Joe Biden, are also Democratic, they are included in the group of superdelegates. Also in the group of superdelegates are members of the Democratic National Committee, such as mayors and county executives (again, as long as they are members of the Democratic Party), and certain other select Democratic Party officials.

Presidential Primaries and Caucuses Table
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