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Super Tuesday on March 1: What does it mean for US presidential Primaries

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton were the big winners Saturday, February 21 in the latest round of US presidential primary voting. Trump easily prevailed in the South Carolina primary while Clinton won a narrow victory over Senator Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses.

The two now are in driver’s seat and have a psychological advantage over their rivals.
As you might know, Presidential elections will happen in November this year and the newly elected President will assume office in January of 2017, replacing Barack Obama.

What are Primaries or caucuses: As part of inner -party democracy, presidential aspirants have to fight among themselves to secure a ticket or nomination for the election from the respective party. These primary elections (called primaries or caucuses) are held state-wise in the US. So far, 3 primaries have happened- in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. From the Republican side, Donald Trump is leading, while in Democratic party primaries, Hillary Clinton is leading.

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, as many as 11 states will hold primaries together, thus called Super- Tuesday. Naturally, who so ever winds, will be marching ahead with much more force and conviction.

As primaries keep going, candidates keep dropping out of the race. Typically, at some point, only one candidate is left in the fray with clear lead (or at least so much lead that trailing candidates see no point in contesting further)and the party nominates him/her for the Presidential elections.

Presidential elections in the US are long drawn battles and it takes a mammoth amount of money to contest. In the world’s strongest democracy, money makes the mare go, rest stand no chance how influential they may be. Without money, you do not stand a chance to be visible.

VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has a wrap-up of the Saturday voting from Washington….
The video is brought to you by NewsGram in collaboration with VOA.

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We Got Trump Elected, Shouldn’t Stop Him in 2020; Says Facebook Executive

Instead, the Russians worked to exploit existing divisions in the American public for example by hosting Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter protest events in the same city on the same day

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FILE - President Donald Trump departs after speaking with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House July 17, 2019, in Washington. VOA

Facebook Vice President Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth has claimed that it was the social networking giant that got Donald Trump elected as the US President in 2016 because “he ran the single best digital ad campaign I’ve ever seen from any advertiser”.

In a memo obtained by The New York Times, the key Facebook executive in the same vein suggested that the platform with over 2.45 billion monthly active users should not use its enormous reach to block Trump’s reelection in 2020.

Was Facebook responsible for Donald Trump getting elected?

“I think the answer is yes, but not for the reasons anyone thinks. He didn’t get elected because of Russia or misinformation or Cambridge Analytica. He got elected because he ran the single best digital ad campaign I’ve ever seen from any advertiser. Period”, said Bosworth who runs Facebook’s hardware group.

“Trump just did unbelievable work,” Bosworth wrote.

“They weren’t running misinformation or hoaxes. They weren’t micro-targeting or saying different things to different people. They just used the tools we had to show the right creative to each persona.

He continued: “I find myself desperately wanting to pull any lever at my disposal to avoid the same result. So what stays my hand? I find myself thinking of the Lord of the Rings at this moment”.

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Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump. Wikimedia Commons

“Specifically when Frodo offers the ring to Galadrial (Galadriel) and she imagines using the power righteously, at first, but knows it will eventually corrupt her,” he wrote.

“As tempting as it is to use the tools available to us to change the outcome, I am confident we must never do that or we will become that which we fear.”

“To be clear, I’m no fan of Trump. I donated the max to Hillary,” he tried to clarify his stand.

Bosworth said that it is worth reminding everyone that Russian interference was real but it was mostly not done through advertising.

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“$100,000 in ads on Facebook can be a powerful tool but it can’t buy you an American election, especially when the candidates themselves are putting up several orders of magnitude more money on the same platform (not to mention other platforms),” he wrote.

Instead, the Russians worked to exploit existing divisions in the American public for example by hosting Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter protest events in the same city on the same day.

“Misinformation was also real and related but not the same as Russian interference,” Bosworth mentioned, admitting that Cambridge Analytica was one of the more acute cases where the details were almost all wrong. (IANS)