Primaries, Parties, Caucuses & Conventions

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A candidate has to pass a LOT of tests before anyone can actually vote for them for president. From primaries and caucuses to political parties and conventions, introduce your students to the big events and mile markers of the electoral process and learn what a candidate must do before reaching the final test: the general election.

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  • Describe the role of political parties
  • Contrast primaries and caucuses as ways to nominate someone within a political party
  • Explain the role of national conventions in the political process
  • Describe the electoral process in primary elections
  • Identify key dates for national elections


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