Seeds: In the race for the United States presidency, candidates in the two major parties (Republican and Democrat) must first campaign to win the nomination of their respective parties. In order to win this nomination, the candidates must first win over the voters of their party in caucuses, and primaries, held in each individual state. With each state won, the candidate receives a certain number of delegates. In order to win the Democratic nomination, the candidate must win 2,383 delegates. In order to win the Republican nomination, 1,237 delegates are needed. At the conclusion of the primaries and caucuses, the leaders of the party will come together at the party’s convention, and announce the party’s nomination.
Core: Wisconsin, a midwestern state known for cheese, football, and badgers, currently has the attention of the five remaining presidential candidates. Today is the day of Wisconsin primary, and its prospective outcome has candidates on the edge of their seats. Current polls of the state show Republican candidate Ted Cruz with a lead over current Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump. Polls also show Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders with a lead over Democratic frontrunner, Hillary Clinton.
Skin: The news media is paying close attention to the results of this primary. Many articles have been dedicated to speculating about, not only the results of the upcoming primary, but what those results could mean for the trajectory of this election.
Leaves: If Cruz loses in Wisconsin, odds are Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee. However, if Cruz wins, Trump’s odds may not be as clear. A big win for Sanders in the primary could put the Democratic nomination in his reach, despite Clinton’s current popularity.
Food For Thought: Do you think the current nomination system is efficient. Do you think that it clearly represents the desires of the party’s voters?