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US Presidential Election 2024: Electoral College, odds, dates, candidates, primaries and caucuses

Campaigns are underway ahead of the 2024 US presidential election, with both parties set to confirm Joe Biden and Donald Trump as their presidential candidates.

Read below for all you need to know about how the US presidential election works, from primaries and caucuses, to the Electoral College and inauguration.

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The Republican Party are narrow favourites at 4/6 ahead of the 6/5 Democrats. Donald Trump is the 4/6 favourite ahead of 13/8 Joe Biden.

What is the Electoral College?

The Electoral College is a group of electors who vote for the president and vice president.

While voters vote for who they want to be the next president and vice president, they’re actually voting for an elector who has pledged to vote for a certain president and vice president.

The 538 Electoral College votes are split between the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia with bigger states like California (55 votes) and Texas (38 votes) receiving a higher number of votes than smaller states such as Vermont and Detroit (three votes each). Those votes are then tallied, with the candidate receiving the most Electoral College votes winning the presidency.

Critics of the Electoral College system say that it is unfairly weighted – states with the smallest populations are guaranteed three electoral votes – and that swing states are overly targeted. Nine states (Alaska, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming) have voted Republican in 14 consecutive elections, while Hawaii and New York have voted Democrat in nine consecutive elections. 

Swing states tend to be disproportionately targeted for campaigning, with Ohio voting for the winning candidate in 14 straight elections from 1964 to 2020 holding the longest bellwether streak until the 2020 election. Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania now hold the longest bellwether streaks with four each.

When is the 2024 US election?

The 2024 presidential election will be held on 5th November 2024. 

When is the new president sworn in?

The new president will be sworn in on Inauguration Day on 20th January 2025.

When is the Republican National Convention?

The 2024 Republican National Convention, which will see the Republican Party select its nominees for president and vice president, will be held between 15th and 18th July 2024 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

When is the Democratic National Convention?

The 2024 Democratic National Convention, which will see the Democratic Party select its nominees for president and vice president, will be held between 19th and 22nd August 2024 in Chicago, Illinois.

Who are the Republican candidates?

Donald Trump is set to win the Republican nomination after rival candidates pulled out of the race.

Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis were the two closest challengers but opinion polls soon showed the former president was the only viable candidate, with Haley and DeSantis pulling out of the race.

Can Donald Trump run for president?

Despite his recent felony conviction, Donald Trump can still run for president (though the conviction would mean he couldn't vote in his home state of Florida, but could vote in New York).

Trump was disqualified from running as a presidential candidate in Maine and Colorado, though the US Supreme Court overruled the decision, declaring that only Congress, not states, could rule a candidate ineligible to run.

Who are the Democratic candidates?

Incumbent president Joe Biden is set to be the Democratic candidate once again in 2024. Interestingly, for a while it looked like Michelle Obama was the next most likely despite never declaring herself as a candidate.

Dean Phillips, Gavin Newsom and Marianne Williamson have all dropped out of the race.

When are Republican and Democratic primaries and caucuses?

The first votes to decide presidential candidates took place on 15th January with the Iowa Republican caucuses, which Trump won in a landslide. The Democratic results were announced in March, with primaries and caucuses taking place throughout the country in the coming weeks and months.

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