|‹ 2012 2020 ›|
|United States presidential election, 2016|
|November 8, 2016|
|Candidate|| Thomas Pearson
(current party front-runner)
| John Boyer
| Eric King
|Home state||Colorado||Pennsylvania||New York|
The national presidential primary is held after the Spring Caucuses in July. The national primary leads to the respective party conventions in August. Then lastly, to Election Day in November. This nominating process is also an indirect election, where voters cast ballots for a slate of delegates to a political party's nominating convention, who then in turn elect their party's presidential nominee.
- Cynthia Burgess, Senator from New York (announced candidacy on February 24, 2016), campaign headquarters is in Rochester, New York.
- Reggie Copeland, Senator from Georgia (announced candidacy on April 4, 2016), campaign headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Thomas Pearson, Governor of Colorado (announced candidacy on January 13, 2016), campaign headquarters is in Denver, Colorado.
- Ray Sekine, Governor of California (announced candidacy on March 5, 2016), campaign headquarters is in Sacramento, California.
Declined to run
- Evan Bayh, former Indiana Senator and 2012 Presidential nominee.
- Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas Governor and 2012 Vice Presidential nominee.
Potential running-mate speculation
- Kenneth Gibson, Senator from Michigan (since 2007), has been speculated by multiple media outlets that he is a rumored "top of the list" contender for the Vice Presidential nomination.
(The 2016 batch of Democratic candidates is the most diverse group in American political history. Senator Cynthia Burgess is the lone female in the group, whilst Governor Thomas Pearson is the youngest, as well as the sole candidate with Hispanic and Indigenous American ancestry. Senator Reggie Copeland and Governor Ray Sekine are representative of ethnic minorities in the U.S., Copeland being of African descent and Sekine of Asian descent.)
The subject of age has emerged as an important thread in the opening bouts of the Democratic primaries. Burgess is 47, Copeland is 53, Norton is 39, and Sekine is 78. Norton's youth and Sekine's seniority has been the main points of discussion.
- John Boyer, Vice President of the United States (since 2009), has established his campaign headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but is formally run from Washington, D.C.
Declined to run
- Colin Powell, former U.S. Army four-star general and 2004 Vice Presidential candidate.
Potential running-mate speculation
- Eddie Guevara, Senator from Florida (since 2011), has expressed interest in becoming Vice President if asked.
Publicly expressed interest
- Businessman Eric King from New York, 2012 Independent candidate.
Declined to run
- David Petraeus, U.S. Army general and King's 2012 running-mate.
Primaries and caucuses
Late 2015 - Speculation
The first person to announce their candidacy was Governor Thomas Pearson in mid-January, followed by Senator Burgess at the end of February. In March, Senators Copeland entered the race with Governor Sekine being the last to enter the race in April.
First half of 2016 - Primary debates/Regional Caucuses/Announcements
A hypothetical map was created on March 7th by 266towin.com, which stated that a potential King candidacy would sap voters away from Boyer and Pearson but King would ultimately fail to win the presidency. Boyer would be more adversely affected by King than Pearson.
Super Tuesday: National Presidential Primary
The National Election Reform Amendment was first reintroduced into Congress by a Representative in 1981, almost seventy years after a similar proposal was made by Rep. Richard Hobson of Alabama in 1911. President Robert Pearson endorsed the concept. Support was strong in 1983 with the Senate discussing the logistics of the concept and decided that there was general support for President's reforms. In 1985, the Chairman of the Senate Sub-committee examining President Pearson's plan came to the conclusion that a constitutional amendment would have to be needed before such a national primary could occur. In 1986, the Constitutional amendment was approved almost unanimously by both houses of Congress and ratified by every state in the union with the only holdouts being Iowa and New Hampshire, until they finally ratified just before Christmas. Upon being ratified, the Amendment was added as the 27th Amendment and preparation for the first American election that will include this new primary system began with the 1988 presidential election.
On July 5, 2016, the eighth national presidential primary election will be held. The primary will determine the nominee with the most popular vote for each state which will influence their delegates for the nominating convention in late August.
- August 26-28, 2016: Sacramento, California (Sleep Train Arena)
- August 19-21, 2016: Las Vegas, Nevada (Las Vegas Convention Center)
Primary election debates and forums
- May 2, 2016: Darthmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire. DNC debate.
- May 9, 2016: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia. DNC debate.
- May 16, 2016: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. DNC debate.
- May 23, 2016: Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. DNC debate.
- June 6, 2016: Florida International University, Miami, Florida. DNC forum.
- June 13, 2016: University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. DNC forum.
- June 20, 2016: University of Nevada, Reno. DNC forum.
- June 27, 2016: US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. DNC forum.
(The RNC has no scheduled debates, as their presumptive nominee, Vice President Boyer is only candidate in the race. There have been no major challenges to Boyer's election bid.)
General election debates
Three locations were selected to host the presidential debates with one selected to host the vice presidential debate. They were announced on September 23, 2015.
- Presidential debate #1- domestic policy: October 3, 2016. Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.
- Vice Presidential debate: October 17, 2016. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
- Presidential debate #2- foreign policy: October 24, 2016. University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri.
- Presidential debate #3- townhall: October 31, 2016. Pepperdine University, Malibu, California.
National general election
Many private polling organizations and news outlets report that Thomas Pearson is surging among Democratic voters. He is the current front-runner of the Democratic party. After the March 1st regional caucuses, Governor Pearson polled at 44.1% among likely voters, almost double from almost 23% in January. This puts him ahead of his closest rivals, Senator Burgess (21.8%), Senator Copeland (17.1%), and Governor Sekine (17%).
Governor Pearson has raised approximately $75 million in individual donations from a coalition of average citizens, worker's unions and an enormous super-PAC called American Tomorrow PAC. Senator Burgess has raised approximately $66 million from women's groups and some nursing unions. Senator Copeland has raised around $33 million from many different institutions and Southern corporations. Governor Sekine has raised $50 million from Wall Street and Silicon Valley corporations.
The results of a DNS-MRP poll, asking prospective voters that if the election were held on March 15, 2016, would Pearson or Boyer win the presidency. 55% of voters said they would side with Governor Pearson, while 42% chose Vice President Boyer and 3% were unsure.
A separate poll held by DNS-MRP asked prospective voters that if the election were held on April 15, 2016, would they support Pearson or Boyer. Approximately 47% stated that Vice President Boyer should be president, while 46% supported Governor Pearson and 7% were unsure.
- Vice President Boyer: LIVE FREE/LIBERTY FOR AMERICA/LIBERTY WILL WIN/LIBERTY WORKS/GIVE ME LIBERTY.
- Governor Pearson: WE ARE THE PEOPLE/WE ARE FUTURE/TOMORROW/WE CAN DO BETTER.
- Businessman King: PEACE AND PROSPERITY.