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US Presidential elections 2016: Now the race for party nominations may narrow down
The first of many caucuses in the US began this week. The expected happened within the Democratic Party with Hillary Clinton carrying the vote albeit by an extremely thin margin against Senator Bernie Sanders, the democratic socialist.
There was some dispute on the claim that Hillary made about winning the nomination but it is now accepted that she has taken the Iowa caucus. Bernie Sanders is not really out of the game as yet as this is merely the beginning of a process that will last for many months.

The initial caucuses are important as they establish and influence voters that will vote at the end of the line as it turns almost into a propaganda tool to establish a candidate's claim to the nomination for presidency. If Hillary Clinton does well in the initial primaries, it is a foregone conclusion that the party will go with her for the presidential nomination. Effectively as most of the primaries will be concluded by June, we can expect to hear of the nominations from each of these parties regarding a presidential candidate.

The Republican Party sprang a surprise in the Iowa caucus. They elected Ted Cruz, the evangelical Christian defeating Donald Trump who is widely considered to be leading the Republican nominee nationwide. However, even his own party is wary of this wealthy and spoilt man-child. He probably would not be considered a viable world leader as his insults have disgusted most other world leaders and has the world wondering as to whether Americans had really dumbed down to this level where they could elect such a man to the presidency.

The kind of nominees for the candidate for President of the United States from the Republican Party has been less than impressive as each candidate has vied with the others as to who could put their foot in the mouth the deepest. There has been no civility in the debates that they have had on national television.

The possibility now is that the race for the party nominations will narrow down. It seems that Martin O'Malley has already withdrawn his candidacy seeing the writing on the wall when he received less than 1 per cent of the vote in the Iowa caucus. One would guess that the same will begin to happen after the next caucus in New Hampshire as the Republicans begin to narrow the field to Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio now.

The race to the American Presidency will be watched this year with a great deal of interest across the world, both friend and enemy.

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