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US Election 2016

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The primaries

00:00 – 03:28

The American president is one of the most powerful persons in the world. But the journey into the White House is long and hard. The primary elections, or “primaries”, are the first challenge in the race for becoming president of the United States. In this phase the two political parties – the Republicans and the Democrats – decide who will enter into the race for power.

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The voting system & Super Tuesday

03:28 – 06:57

Caucus, primary, delegates – the voting system is quite complicated. Every political party and every state has different laws. The biggest day is called Super Tuesday, when voting takes place in a large number of states. Many candidates withdraw from the race after Super Tuesday.

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Nominating conventions & TV debates

06:57 – 11:44

The next stop for the two remaining candidates is the nominating convention. Usually a mere formality, in 2016 the nomination of Donald Trump and his vice presidential candidate Mike Pence caused quite a scandal at the convention, as Trump made many Republicans see red. The remaining months until Election Day are filled with campaigning both in person and on TV.

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Election day

11:44 – 13:55

Election Day is always the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The president is not elected directly by the people. The electors are determined by the popular vote and they choose the president. Each state is counted separately. There is no sharing – the winner takes it all. The race is often determined in the swing states, where neither of the two parties has a clear majority.

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And the winner is… Donald Trump

13:55 – Ende

In the end, the Republicans and Donald Trump celebrate. His victory is a stunning upset, since Hillary Clinton had been leading in the polls.