December 15, 2019
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Path to presidency
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Consider the Eligibility requirements. Does the dude pass the age and citizenship test. This is probably the easiest part of the campaign.
Form an exploratory committee to better understand the chances the candidate has for being elected.
Declare candidacy for president and register with the FEC.
Begin fundraising and start the campaign. Campaigns require large amounts of money to run, so fundraising is a primary concern.
Hire campaign staff in each state to win the primary or caucus. Primaries are straight votes, but caucus's require voters to participate in groups. The candidate with the most delegates from this process will win the nomination at the party's convention. Hired staff includes speechwriters, advance people, and dozens of other roles.
Secure the nomination at the party convention and choose a vice-president.
Campaign for the general election. This includes campaign appearances around the country, participating in debates, and create campaign advertisements.
Election Day: the candidate with the most electoral votes wins the election. The electors meet at a later date but it's just for show.
The president is sworn in on January 20th and begins his administration. He hires a cabinet and other officials to run his presidency.
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