Steps to the Presidency

  • Primary Elections Begin

    Each party has several candidates trying to become their party's nominee. In the primary election, state citizens vote in the party they are registered to for the candidate they want for their party.
  • Primary Elections End

    Each state votes for the candidate it wants to be president.
  • Nominating Convention

    Each party has a nominating convention in which they officially nominate the person who will run for president for their party. At these conventions, delegates who represent their states and "super delegates," party officials or politicians, vote for the nominee.
  • General Election

    At this point candidates have to campaign around the country to get support. They need to raise money and spend time trying to get people on their side by convincing the public they have the best policies for the country. The American public votes on the first Tuesday of November for the person they want to be their next president.