Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Both Parties Select Candidates, Begin Official Campaign

Drew Thies

Both the Republican and Democratic Parties have officially concluded their conventions and chosen their candidates, marking the beginning of general election campaigning for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

The next major venue for the candidates will come in two months, when both Clinton and Trump will take the stage together for the first Presidential Debate on September 26th at Hofstra University in New York. The candidates are scheduled to debate a total of three times, with two more dates scheduled on Oct. 9 and 19.

Drama has already erupted surrounding the scheduled debates, as Trump’s campaign has claimed the dates were intentionally set opposite National Football League games and plan to meet with the Commission on Presidential Debates. In the wake of these claims, the nonpartisan, independent commission iterated that a debate "has never been rescheduled as a result" of a conflict with NFL games.

The Vice presidential candidates, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine and Republican Gov. Mike Pence, will debate on Oct. 4th.

Local and state primary elections are being held across the nation in the wake of the party conventions, finalizing the rest of a ballot for voters in November. Earlier this week, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) became the fourth incumbent in federal office to lose a primary this cycle. He joins Fmr. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), and Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) as members of Congress who did not secure their parties’ nomination for their respective Congressional seats.

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