Election 2016: Update

The presidential field slims down as the race for the white house heats up.

Over the weekend, democrat Hillary Clinton beat out her opponent Bernie Sanders in Nevada.
While, republican Donald Trump won the majority of votes in the South Carolina primary. It's a big win for Trump, as he gets all 50 delegates from the palmetto state.

Former Florida governor and early front runner Jeb Bush, who saw his father and brother win South Carolina before going on to win the presidency, finished in fourth place. But even with help from his brother, it wasn't enough and he dropped out of the race. 

The five remaining republicans battled it out in Nevada on Tuesday. We'll bring you those results next week. The democrats have a little time off before going to South Carolina for their first-in-the-south primary on Saturday.

One of the top three contenders for the republican nomination is in the headlines for a different reason lately. A lawsuit filed in Illinois seeks to kick Texas Senator Ted Cruz off the ballot in that state's primary on March 15th. And it's all surrounds the issue of citizenship. A citizen is defined as someone who legally belongs to a country and has the rights and protection of that country.

The man behind the lawsuit claims Cruz is not eligible to hold the office of president because he was born in Canada. Cruz has maintained his mother was an American citizen when he was born, technically making him a so-called "natural born" citizen.

Here's an interesting fact, three U.S. presidents, including President Obama, have held dual citizenship status.

So what are the requirements one must meet to run for president? The constitution only lists three requirements: you must be a natural born citizen, at least 35 years old and have lived in the United States for at least 14 years.

Instructional Links

Poster: Kids.gov, How to Become President of the U.S.


Website Article: New York Times, 2016 Primary Results and Calendar


Website Article: Ted Cruz, About Senator Cruz


Online Slide Show: Citizenworks,What is Naturalization?


Website Article: Library of Congress, Presidential Candidate Requirements


Primary Documents & Teacher's Guide: Library of Congress, The Constituion


Website Article: infoplease, Born to Run


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