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Bush and Cheney Nominated As Republican Presidential Ticket

Texas Governor George W Bush and his running-mate Richard Cheney were today officially nominated by the 2066 delegates to the Republican Party Convention in Philadelphia as their candidates for the November 7 presidential election.

The convention erupted into wild applause as the 22 votes of the Wyoming delegation pushed Bush and Cheney over the line. [Read more…]

2000 Presidential Candidates

This page shows the men and women who announced their candidacy for President.

It has been updated to show the dates on which candidates withdrew from the contest. [Read more…]

Bush Wins Iowa Caucus; Strong Showing By Forbes; Gore Crushes Bradley

Texas Governor George Bush has had a comfortable victory in the Iowa Republican Party caucus today. Bush has polled 41% of the votes cast, compared to 30% for millionaire publisher Steve Forbes.

The next nearest contender was black talk-show host and former ambassador Alan Keyes on 14%. Conservative morals campaigner Gary Bauer polled 9%, ahead of Arizona Senator John McCain on 5%. Utah Senator Orrin Hatch polled 1%.

The result should cement Bush’s position as the most-favoured candidate for the Grand Old Party (GOP), although next week’s primary election in New Hampshire could be won by McCain. Forbes will undoubtedly take comfort from the result.

Early in the night, American media networks also proclaimed Vice-President Al Gore the victor in the Democratic Party caucus, but figures were slow to come in. Latest counting has Gore polling 66% to Bradley’s 33%.

The caucus elections reflect the votes of approximately 100,000 registered voters in each party. They are held in several hundred precincts across the state and do not necessarily involve a secret ballot. The primary elections starting next week in New Hampshire are considered a more reliable indication of support for the competing candidates.

An upset win by McCain in New Hampshire would not necessarily be enough to derail the Bush campaign, although a Bush defeat in South Carolina on February 19 would present a problem for the putative nominee, especially if McCain was able to do well in Michigan and his home state of Arizona on February 22.

Gore is clearly cruising to a comfortable victory in the Democratic Party. The advantage of vice-presidential incumbency, Gore’s more assertive campaigning style, combined with question marks over Bradley’s health, point to an early withdrawal by the former New Jersey senator.

U.S. Presidential Election About To Hot Up

The American Presidential election marathon gets underway during this month.

GoreSeveral months of primary elections and party caucuses will culminate in August conventions which will officially nominate the Republican Party and Democratic Party candidates. The general election will take place on Tuesday 7 November.

President Bill Clinton is not contesting the election because of a constitutional provision which prevents him being elected for more than two four-year terms.

Vice-President Al Gore is the leading candidate for the Democratic Party, although he is feeling the heat from former New Jersey Senator Bill Bradley. At this stage, Texas Governor George Bush is the front runner for the Republican Party, although he too is facing a convincing challenge from Arizona Senator John McCain.

The primaries are the American form of party pre-selection, whereby registered party voters in each state vote to select delegates to attend the party conventions. Delegates are pledged to support particular candidates. The candidate who garners the support of a majority of delegates becomes the party’s nominee for president.

On January 24 the Iowa caucuses take place for both the Republican and Democratic parties. Simulataneously, a Republican caucus will take place in Alaska. But the primary season becomes serious on February 1 when the first major primary in the small north-eastern state of New Hampshire takes place. The primary season may well produce a winning candidate for each party at the conclusion of voting on “Super Tuesday”, March 7, when 16 states will hold primary and caucus elections, including the big states of California, New York and Ohio.

U.S. Presidential Race Taking Shape as Dole Drops Out

Whilst the first primary election in New Hampshire is still 4 months away, the contest for the 2000 American Presidential election is taking shape.

BushRepublican candidate, Elizabeth Dole, wife of the 1996 Republican nominee, Senator Bob Dole, quit the race last week, further winnowing the conservative field.

Dole’s withdrawal follows the departure of Lamar Alexander, John Kasich and former Vice-President Dan Quayle. Texas Governor George W. Bush remains the Republican frontrunner, having raised close to $100 million in campaign funds since the beginning of this year.

Bush’s candidacy is threatened only by Arizona Senator John McCain and the publishing magnate Steve Forbes. [Read more…]