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United States elects a new President

Trump and Clinton (BU Rob 13/Gage)Trump and Clinton (BU Rob 13/Gage)On the morning of 9th November 2016, the world woke up to the news that Donald Trump had been elected the 45th President of the United States. His victory was announced just after 2.30 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time, or EST) when he secured the 10 electoral votes of the state of Wisconsin. This took him over the minimum total of 270 votes he needed to win. An election for President of the United States occurs every four years. Election Day is always the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

The US is dominated by two political parties, Republicans and Democrats, but there are other parties, too, including the Constitution Party, the Libertarians and the Greens. The choice of the new President in 2016 was, however, as usual, a "two-horse race" between Hillary Clinton for the Democrats and Donald Trump for the Republicans. This page describes the electoral process, from nomination of the candidates through to the election itself.

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The President must be at least 35 years old, a natural-born citizen of the US and a resident of the US for 14 years. Before the general election, most candidates for President go through a series of state primaries and caucuses. This is to allow voters across the country to help choose the political parties’ nominees for President. Primaries and caucuses take place between January and June of election year.

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