United States: Federal Elections


Comprehensive Sites

Project Vote Smart - offers elected officials' voting records and candidates' positions for more than 13,000 candidates for public office--presidents, governors, congressional and state legislature candidates. Backgrounds, issue positions, voting records, campaign finances, and performance evaluations on more than 80 conservative to liberal special interests are included.
Politics1.com: Political Parties - provides comprehensive list of political parties.
Politics1: States - News from the state elections.
E-Democracy - Hosts local topics and forums across the United States.
The Green Papers - provides facts and figures about delegate selection, conventions, caucuses, and primaries. 

2016 Presidential Election

Democratic Presidential Candidates

    Withdrawn candidates

  • Lincoln Chafee (declared June 1, 2015, withdrew October 23, 2015)
  • Martin O'Malley (declared May 28, 2015, withdrew February 1, 2016)
  • Jim Webb (declared July 2, 2015, withdrew October 20, 2015) 

Green Party Presidential Candidates

Republican Presidential Candidates

    Withdrawn candidates

  • Lindsey Graham (declared June 1, 2015, withdrew December 21, 2015) 
  • Mike Huckabee (declared May 5, 2015, withdrew February 1, 2016) 
  • Bobby Jindal (declared June 24, 2015, withdrew November 17, 2015)
  • George Pataki (declared May 28, 2015, withdrew December 29. 2015)
  • Rand Paul (declared April 7, 2015, withdrew February 3, 2016)
  • Rick Perry (declared June 4, 2015, withdrew September 11, 2015)
  • Rick Santorum (declared May 27, 2015, withdrew February 3, 2016)
  • Scott Walker (declared July 13, 2015, withdrew September 21, 2015)

Socialist Party USA

Presidential Debates

Democratic Debates

Republican Debates

  • August 3, 2015. C-SPAN. Manchester, NH. (Watch Video of first Forum).
  • August 6, 2015. Fox News Channel. Cleveland, OH. Top 10 candidates.
    Second Tier candidates  (Watch Video from Forum) (1:07 hours)
    Top Tier candidates (Watch Video from Forum) (1:49 hours)
  • September 16, 2015. CNN and Salem Radio. Simi Valley, CA.
    Second Tier candidates (Watch Video from Forum) (1: 17 hours)
    Top Tier candidates (Watch Video from Forum) (2:47 hours)
  • October 28, 2015. CNBC. (Watch Videos from the Forums) University of Colorado in Boulder.
  • November 10, 2015. Fox Business Network. Wisconsin 
    Second Tier candidates (Watch Video from Forum). (Broken by Fox Business Network into 4 parts)
    Top Tier candidates (Watch Video from Forum) (25 min.) Fox 
  • December 15, 2015. CNN. Las Vegas, NV. (Watch Video from Forum)
    Second Tier candidates (1:30 hours) Both videos can be accessed from the same web page.
    Top Tier candidates (2:09 hours) Both videos can be accessed from the same web page.
  • January 14, 2016 (Watch Video from Forum). Both videos can be accessed from the same web page. Fox Business Channel. North Charleston, South Carolina.
  • January 28, 2016. Watch Video from Forum) approx. 1:50 hours. Fox News Channel. Des Moines, Iowa.
  • February 6, 2016. ABC. Manchester, NH.
  • February 13, 2016. CBS. Greenville, South Carolina
  • February 25, 2016. CNN and Telemundo. Houston, Texas. (University of Houston) Date moved from Feb. 26 when NBC replaced by CNN.
  • March 10, 2016. CNN, Washington Times, Salem Media group. Miami, Florida. (University of Miami)
  • March, 2016 (day not yet determined). Fox News Channel. Location not yet determined..

News Sites

Politics: - MSNBC Politics Front Page. Features news articles and reports.
Ballot Access News - founded by Libertarians, tracks the attemps of third-party and independent candidates. Also tracks changes in the law, court challenges, and other tidbits of third-party news.
RealClearPolitics - culls and publishes the best commentary, news, polling data, and links to important resources from all points of the political compass and covering all the important issues of the day.
Independent Political Report - culls information regarding third parties and independent candidates.

Political Party Home Pages

American Independent Party
Communist Party USA
Constitutional Party
Democratic Party
Green Party
Libertarian Party
Reform Party
Republican Party
Socialist Labor Party
Socialist Party USA


Gallup Polls
Polling Report
Rasmussen Reports


Specialized Sites

Ballotpedia - Geographic listing of ballot initiatives by state.
Factcheck.org - checks the accuracy of campaign rhetoric. Factcheck is non-partisan.
Federal Election Commission - official federal independent regulatory agency charged with disclosing campaign finance information.
Opensecrets.org - billed as "the online source for money in politics data," Opensecrets tracks campaign funding by candidate, by geographical area, and by donor. Site is sponsored by the Center for Responsive Politics.

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