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US presidential elections – 2016 resources

Monday, March 21st, 2016

on the excellent website LaCléDesLangues

les spots de campagne des candidats

Monday, March 21st, 2016

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Violence during Trump’s meetings

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Statement: Donald Trump’s campaign on decision to cancel Friday rally in Chicago: ‘It would have been easier for Mr. Trump to have spoken, but he decided, in the interest of everyone’s safety, to postpone the event’ –

Sen. Bernie Sanders on Donald Trump rally incidents in Chicago: ‘Our supporters are responding to a candidate who has, in many ways encouraged violence’ –

Secret Service surround Donald Trump after person attempts to jump on stage in Dayton, Ohio

Hillary Clinton responds to Donald Trump, violence in Chicago: ‘The ugly, divisive rhetoric we are hearing from Donald Trump and the encouragement of violence and aggression is wrong, and it’s dangerous. If you play with matches, you’re going to start a fire you can’t control. That’s not leadership.

Hillary Clinton on violence at Donald Trump rally: ‘The divisive rhetoric we are seeing should be of grave concern to us all… Violence has no place in our politics, we should use our words and deeds to bring Americans together’

Gov. John Kasich says Donald Trump has created ‘toxic environment’

Marco Rubio says if Donald Trump is nominee, ‘the Republican Party’s going to be defined by’ violence

March 5th Election Results

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

Trump and Cruz were Saturday’s big winners, claiming two victories each in four Republican state contests. Trump won the Kentucky caucus and Louisiana primary while Cruz claimed caucus wins in Kansas and Maine.

Despite the support of many elected officials, Rubio’s lackluster performance Saturday raises serious questions about his viability in the race. He finished in third place in every state that voted Saturday except Maine, where The Associated Press projected him to finish behind Kasich.

Rubio said the upcoming schedule of primaries would be “better for us,” and renewed his vow to win his home state of Florida, claiming all 99 delegates there on March 15.

Saturday’s races saw high voter turnout in several states. Turnout in Republican presidential caucuses in Kansas exceeded the party’s most optimistic predictions.

Party leaders — including 2012 nominee Mitt Romney and 2008 nominee Sen. John McCain — are fearful a Trump victory would lead to a disastrous November election, with losses up and down the GOP ticket.

“Everyone’s trying to figure out how to stop Trump,” Trump marveled about himself at an afternoon rally in Orlando, Florida. At the rally, the billionaire businessman had supporters raise their hands and swear to vote for him.

On the Democratic side, there was another divided verdict from voters. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders notched wins in the Nebraska and Kansas caucuses, while front-runner Hillary Clinton snagged a win in the Louisiana primary.

“No matter who wins this Democratic nomination, I have not the slightest doubt that on our worst day we will be infinitely better than the Republicans on their best day,” Clinton said.

She also said she was thrilled to add to her delegate count and expected to do well in Michigan’s primary on Tuesday. But before that, she and Sanders will go head-to-head Sunday in Maine’s Democratic caucus where 30 delegates are up for grabs. Republicans will battle it out in Puerto Rico’s GOP caucus for 23 delegates.

Despite Clinton’s commanding lead in the delegate count, Sanders vowed to keep fighting until the Democratic convention in Philadelphia this summer.

US election: Republican Ben Carson officially ends White House bid

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Republican Ben Carson ends his campaign to become the next US President

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has officially ended his bid for the White House after failing to win any of the early states in the race for the November election.

“There are a lot of people who love me, they just won’t vote for me,” Dr Carson said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside Washington.

Dr Carson had announced on Wednesday that he did not see a “political path forward” in his campaign for the party’s nomination.

He also failed to attend the Republican debate in Michigan the following day.

The retired neurosurgeon’s campaign soared last year but steadily lost steam amid questions over his personal narrative and lacklustre debate performances.

Now that Dr Carson has officially dropped out, that leaves Donald Trump and a trio of pursuers: Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Clinton and Trump near the promised land

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump entered Super Tuesday and its dozen contests as their parties’ front-runners. Now that the dust has settled, has that changed?

Not at all.

The path to stop Trump? It’s a narrow one

Donald Trump waves as he steps on stage to speak at

The Republican establishment is not ready to embrace him. His top challengers, by all appearances, remain determined to stop him and are getting increasingly personal and aggressive in their tactics.

There’s the fact that instead of having just one determined rival, he still has at least two in Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, to say nothing of John Kasich and Ben Carson, who continue to pick up votes, making it possible for the New York billionaire to win contests decisively with his existing base of support. And those Trump supporters, if we’ve learned anything in this campaign, aren’t going anywhere, no matter what.

Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at her Super Tuesday

Clinton entered the 2016 presidential race as a prohibitive front-runner to become the Democratic nominee. Then, unexpectedly, Bernie Sanders emerged as not only as viable alternative but a threat to win many of the early states — a belief he validated by losing Iowa by the narrowest of margins, then taking New Hampshire in a landslide. But even before the first votes were cast, it was long believed, no matter what, that the March 1 slate of contests, mostly in the South with large African-American electorates, would shore up Clinton’s candidacy and stem whatever momentum Sanders may have acquired.

The math for Sanders has always been unkind. Super Tuesday made it worse.

Is there anything Sanders can do?

Bernie Sanders arrives at a primary night rally in

he’d need to start winning big to either overcome that lead or somehow convince superdelegates to switch their allegiances — and both scenarios seem pretty unlikely.

Marco Rubio finally gets a win in Texas !

Marco Rubio waves to supporters at a campaign rally

US primaries : the latest news

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Rick Santorum / Rand Paul have decided to stop their campaign.

Portraits of the Democratic candidates

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders

Iowa: Revenge of the outsiders

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

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America’s voting system is crazy — here’s what you need to know

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Why do U.S. presidential elections take so long?

America’s two main political parties — Democratic and Republican — choose their respective nominees through party-sponsored contests in each of the states and U.S. territories, a process that starts in February and takes up to five months.

Iowa and New Hampshire traditionally kick off the process early in the year, and then other states follow — but before that, candidates have typically spent a year laying the groundwork for campaigns in those regions.

Once each party has a candidate, they spend the rest of the summer and autumn campaigning until the general election on November 8.

Why do they cost so much money?

Also unlike some other countries, there’s no limit on how much you can spend. A presidential campaign can cost up to $1 billion — and that’s not even counting money spent by outside groups. It’s not cheap to travel across the country for two years or more, buy advertisements on television, and pay a small army of campaign workers.

What’s the difference between a “caucus” and a “primary”?

A “primary” is what most people traditionally think of when they imagine voting – people show up at a neighborhood polling place to vote for their candidate by ballot.

A “caucus” is very different. It’s a neighborhood event that requires several hours of active communal participation and debate, and takes place in the evening in a home or public space, depending on the size of the caucus location.

Why are Iowa and New Hampshire so important?

While they comprise just a tiny fraction of America’s voters, they play an outsized role in the nominating process by virtue of going first.

Results in these states provide a snapshot of a candidate’s popularity, organizing ability and momentum. Expect to see a few candidates who fare poorly drop out after Iowa or New Hampshire.

When will we finally know who the nominees will be?

We usually know who the party nominees will be by late spring, but they are not officially chosen until the national party convention in the summer.