Presidential nominee

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In United States politics and government, the term presidential nominee has two different meanings:

  1. A candidate for president of the United States who has been selected by the delegates of a political party at the party's national convention (also called a presidential nominating convention) to be that party's official candidate for the presidency.[1]
  2. A person nominated by a sitting U.S. president to an executive or judicial post, subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.[2] (See Appointments Clause, List of positions filled by presidential appointment with Senate confirmation.)

In United States presidential elections, the presumptive nominee is a presidential candidate who is certain to be their party's nominee, but has not yet been formally nominated or elected by their political party at the party's nominating convention.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Peter R. Kann & Lee Hudson Teslik (February 4, 2008), "Backgrounder: The Role of Delegates in the U.S. Presidential Nominating Process", Council on Foreign Relations via The New York Times.
  2. John G. Geer, Wendy J. Schiller & Jeffrey A. Segal, Gateways to Democracy: An Introduction to American Government (2d ed.: Wadsworth/Centgage Learning 2014), p. 406.
  3. Sabato, Larry; Ernst, Howard R. Encyclopedia of American Political Parties and Elections. Infobase Publishing. 2006. p. 216. ISBN 9780816058754.