Exactly 4 years ago, US democratic primaries were held in Nevada. In particular, the adopted electoral system was the “caucus”: an assembly of party activists that is held in a public place, where they argue about the candidates who are running for the primaries, publicly exposing their own preference. This is a quite criticised system because it appeals to participants more dedicated to party activities, partly excluding those who are less. Indeed, it tends to promote more radical candidates. Back to the 20 February 2016, on that occasion Hillary Clinton obtained 52,6% of votes, followed by Bernie Sanders, current candidate running for the US primaries of this year, with 47,2%. On the other hand, three days later, the republican Donald Trump would score 45,9% of consensus in his party’s primaries, followed by Marco Rubio e Ted Cruz, respectively at 23,9% e 21,4%. We remember that Clinton was chosen as the democratic candidate in the wake of the Presidential elections, in November, but she couldn’t defeat the current President, Donald Trump – even though she was the most voted at the popular level.
Marta Annalisa Savino