Picking the United States President

Making Sense of the Caucuses and Primaries

Batavia, NY – While it may seem like the race to succeed President Obama has been going on forever, the fact is that the contest has not yet begun – formally. The first official nominating contest will be the Iowa Caucuses on February 1, 2016 followed by the New Hampshire Primary on February 9, 2016. But, what is the difference between a caucus and a primary? Why is it important? How long will it take for each party to choose it’s nominee?

For answers to these questions and more, join GCC Associate Professor Derek Maxfield at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, February 9 – the day of the New Hampshire Primary - for a presentation on the presidential nominating process. A former presidential campaign staff member, Maxfield will talk about his experience working on a campaign in New Hampshire and relate his findings from a recent trip to the granite state. From there, the presentation will feature a discussion of how nominees accumulate delegates, the role of the media in the nominating process, and what happens if no one has enough delegates to claim the nomination before the party conventions this summer.

This presentation will be held in T102 of the Conable Technology Building and is FREE and open to the public.