This student resource, developed by Shawneen Morrison, lists the 2016 presidential primaries and caucuses by state alphabetically and then by the date of the vote. Each chart includes the type of primary or caucus, the number of Democratic delegates for each state (all awarded proportionally), the number of Republican delegates for each state, and the way that the Republican delegates are awarded for each state. Then the resource goes on to explain the Democrats Superdelegates, their unbound Republican equivalents, the recent shift in frontloading, and the idea of brokered conventions. Students learn how many delegates are needed to win in each party and then visit an interactive website that tracks the delegate count through the current date (and also shows committed superdelegates by state). This is a very flexible and helpful resource. My U.S. Government students use this resource to craft early campaign messaging for a presidential election simulation I developed. My Current Events students use this resource to understand the Primary/Caucus phase of the presidential campaign and to predict the efficacy of various candidates’ stump speeches as we move through the nomination process.
INCLUDED IN THIS RESOURCE:
➢ Chart Listing Type of Contest, Date, and Delegates by State/Territory
➢ Chart Listing State, Type of Contest and Delegates by Date
➢ Link to Interactive Site Tracking Delegates
➢ Link to Site Demonstrating Frontloading and Explanation of Why the Process Reversed in 2008
➢ Explanation of Differences Between the Democrats’ and Republicans’ Nomination Processes
➢ Explanation of Superdelegates, Bound Delegates, Unbound Delegates, Open and Closed Votes, and Brokered Conventions
➢ Explanation of How Many Delegates it Takes to Win Each Party’s Nomination
FOR OTHER LESSONS ON THE PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS CONSIDER:
FEDERAL DEFICIT SIMULATION AND ACTIVITY: CAN YOU BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET?
INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT: WHO SHOULD RULE AND WHAT GIVES THEM THE AUTHORITY?
POLITICS OF GOVERNMENT SPENDING: WHY CAN'T WE BALANCE THE FEDERAL BUDGET?
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