Posts Tagged ‘Ron Paul presidential campaign 2008’

Don’t forget about Ron Paul…

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

I went on the Yahoo Political page today, and as we all know this page has a highlighted view of the candidates and there are still three candidates lit up, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul.  Ron Paul knows he’s not going to get the votes necessary to win the primary, unless he convinces people to change their votes, and I really don’t see him as a viable Vice Presidential candidate.  While I am reading around the net that Ron Paul did end campaigning this week, but still wants to collect candidates to change the primary voting system.  I wonder if that was his point?  Sometimes I wonder how serious Paul’s campaign was and if he was really looking to win or if he was just looking for a door into the system.

Primaries and Cacuses, What’s the difference?

Friday, November 11th, 2011

I am from Illinois, and because of this fact I know a lot about Primary elections, because that is all I have ever known.  Another friend/blogger who is working on the Ron Paul campaign reminded me that there is more than one way to become the candidate on the Presidential ticket. BTW just to give his blog a shout out cause I like to support my friends .

Anyhow back to my original, if you remember what is was, point.  What is the difference between a primary election and a primary caucus and how does this effect the voter?  In a primary election registered voters get to vote for the person they want to see as their presidential nominee, sort of.  In reality you are voting for a group of delegates to vote for your person of choice at the national convention, if your state has pledged delegates.  If your state has unpledged delegates in the end they could vote for whoever they want.  Now there are open and closed primary elections.  Open primary elections mean that anyone can vote, doesn’t have to be a registered member of any party, for whoever they want.  In a closed primary only the people register for a specific political party can vote for a particular group of candidates.  Most states have a date one must register for a party before the election, or change your party affiliation before the elections.

Grey states have closed primary or caucus

Green States have open primary or caucus

Blue States have semi-open primary or caucus (independents can vote in the GOP primary)

Now Cacus states are different.  In short a caucus is when, in each country of the state a group of people go to a specific place to choose their candidate.  The supporters for each candidate group themselves together and the undecideds group together in another area.  The people from the other groups then make speeches to get the undecideds to come over to their group.  Kind of reminds me of a popularity contest in high school.  The GOP runs their causes in a winner-take-all sort of fashion, so the winner of the county caucus goes to the state casus then from their the delegates from the state caucus go on to the national convention to choose their candidate.

Now I don’t know enough about Ron Paul to say that I am a Ron Paul supporter, but this video done by clearly shows how the primary and caucus system work.  You can replace Paul’s name with your favorite candidate.

I hope this clears up the difference between a caucus and a primary.  Check your state’s voting website for specific questions about your state.