Presidential Campaign

FRQ #1, Concept Application.


Read the following 2016 news report and answer the questions that follow.

Donald Trump has the delegates to clinch the GOP presidential nomination, according to a CNN delegate count Thursday. While Trump has had the nomination locked down for weeks, he has now reached the [majority] threshold of 1,237 delegates with the help of previously uncommitted delegates who now support his candidacy. A handful of states, including the large prizes of California and New Jersey, will hold the final primaries on June 7. . .

For months, drama and tumult have rocked the Republican Party, as a fervent anti-Trump movement launched a full-on onslaught to derail his candidacy. But the flurry of “Never Trump” activities, including a slew of negative ads against Trump and efforts to draft a third-party candidate, ultimately proved unsuccessful.”

—Reporter M.J. Lee, Cable News Network (CNN), May 26, 2016


After reading the scenario, respond to A, B, and C below:

(A) Describe the outcome of the process outlined in the above scenario.

(B) In the context of the scenario, explain why the process resulted in the outcome discussed in Part A.

(C) Explain how the interaction between primary voters and convention delegates impact democracy.