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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 2 months ago

Is it physically possible for an ordinary citizen to create a path for an underdog presidential candidate to win his party’s nomination?

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Not unless he/she is an "ordinary" billionaire willing to buy the nomination. Seems even Bloomberg couldn't make that happen.

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  • Tmess2
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Well, every candidate has a path to his/her party's nomination, particularly in a year in which no incumbent is seeking the nomination.  With one or two exceptions, most state parties award delegates based on the votes that each candidate gets.  While some states let the party do the initial designation of candidates, there is a legal way for any candidate to get on the ballot.

    The harder thing for an underdog is persuading enough voters.  The reason that the underdog starts out as the underdog is that other candidates are better known, have support from a significant number of party members, and appeal to large factions within the party.  

    While as others noted, one person with enough money can form a SuperPAC to help a candidate, money isn't everything or Michael Bloomberg would be the presumptive Democratic nominee.  A successful presidential campaign is really a group effort -- the candidate themselves (those small scale retail politics events in Iowa and New Hampshire and the televised debates), the campaign staff, volunteers, and donors working together to transform a candidate who started with maybe 5% in the polls to somebody getting 25-30% of the vote in the early states to somebody winning most of the states in March.  Because it is a national campaign, no one person (other than the candidate) is going to make a big difference.  And an "ordinary" citizen is very unlikely to have the ability to even make a noticeable difference because they lack the resources of the uberwealthy or media moguls to promote a candidate.

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    • Tmess2
      Lv 7
      2 months agoReport

      A good part of name recognition comes from prior efforts.  The two most recognized names this cycle were Joe Biden -- the former Vice President -- and Bernie Sanders -- the runner-up in 2016.  The media can help lesser knowns gain name recognition but it is not the only factor.

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  • Jeff D
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Probably not.  Democracy, by definition, is a mass movement.  A very wealthy citizen might be able exert a disproportionate amount of influence, but ordinary citizens don't have that kind of money.

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  • 2 months ago

    Sure......if a Billionaire promised unlimited funds to a candidate.....he could promote  Pee Wee Herman , and get him on the ballot. 

    As long as you meet all the requirements.........it's possible. 

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  • Damien
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    oprah did that for obama

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