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2012 US Presidential Elections: Primaries and Caucuses

by Marcus Hildebrandt — last modified 2012-01-16 15:02 Share

Primaries and Caucuses: How Do Parties Choose a Candidate?

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1.    Go to the following website and read the overview of the primary system and about the differences between primaries and caucuses:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2004/primaries/sr_primary.html

2.    Once you have done that, go to the student handout and alone or with a partner find the answers:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/us/july-dec11/presnom_01-03.pdf

3.    Then read about this year’s Iowa caucuses:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/us/jan-june12/electionseason_01-05.html

4.    As Barack Obama is running for re-election, he’s the Democrats’ only candidate. To learn about the Republican’s candidates, read here:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2012/republicans/

Interviews with the Republicans’ candidates (video)

5.    Key to the handout (no. 2 ) (Please check only after you have done no. 2.)

Watch the video above carefully. It concentrates on caucuses, but at 3:00 there's a link to primaries in the video.