The 2023 Ramstadian presidential election will be the 35th quinquennial presidential election, scheduled for Saturday, July 1, 2022. Voters will elect a President of Ramstad to serve a five-year term. The Constitution allows individuals to serve three five-year terms as President, thus allowing incumbent President Vicky Ward to run for a second term. Voters will also elect 30 class ii members of the Senate for a period of 10 years, 700 members of the House of Delegates for a period of five years and 10 governors for a period of 5 years. A special election for the class iii Senate seat from Arcadia is also being held.
The winner of the 2022 presidential election is scheduled to be inaugurated on October 13, 2023.
Central issues of the election include the public health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; the economic recession as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; military spending; gun rights; health care; abortion; and embryonic stem cell research.
Following Victoria Wardís 2017 landslide victory, the losing political parties started discussing the possibility of forming a big-tent alliance in order to beat the National Republican Party (PRN; Spanish: Partido Republicano Nacional) and Capitalist Party of Ramstad's (PCR; Spanish: Partido Capitalista de Ramstad) National Front Alliance in the next election.
President Ward had high approval ratings during the first three years of her tenure, but the COVID-19 pandemic radically changed the perception of the President. Ward's approval rating fell from 61% to 42% during the first six months of 2020 and, while her handling of the pandemic during the last six months of 2020 led her approval rating to increase to 49%, her focus on publicís health rather than the economy during the last six months of 2020 brought criticism from very prominent PCR individuals.
National Republican Party (PRN)
In August, 2020, President Ward ordered all non-essential businesses to close until at least the first week of October following a huge rise in COVID-19 cases. The President also enacted domestic travel restrictions that sought to reduce local transmission of the virus. The actions taken by Ward drew criticism from very prominent PCR leaders who, in 2017, endorsed Ward's presidential campaign.
While the media and the general public praised the actions taken by President Ward, several business leaders and the National Chamber of Commerce criticized the measures deeming them "extremely harsh" and saying that the measures sought to "not only kill many small and family owned businesses, but also to target many of the Presidentís detractors".
Following the criticism of President Ward by business leaders, the National Chamber of Commerce backed party, the Capitalist Party of Ramstad (PCR), who in 2017 allied itself with the PRN, announced that they "in good conscience" cannot allied themselves with someone that "falsely claims to care about the economy and businesses to only stab them in the back when they are most in need of help".
President Victoria Ward is virtually running unopposed for the presidential nomination of her party and is only facing a small challenge from former senator Robert H. Carter.
Alliance for Ramstad (PP-UP-PRAMA-PSDN-PFP-NP)
After the 2017 elections and as a result of Presidentís Ward high approval ratings, an op-ed published in The Western Journal argued that the only way to beat the PRN and the PCR in the next election was to create a catch-all alliance "for the sake of the country". The op-ed was received with a lot of skepticism and the idea was practically shut down by most of the parties almost immediately.
After the PCR announced they had no intentions of allying themselves with the PRN, the rumors of a catch-all alliance to beat the now divided PRN resurfaced. Samantha Vesely, President of the center-left Popular Union (UP; Spanish: Uniůn Popular), said they [the UP] were "willing to negotiate an alliance with the other five opposition parties" when asked in a press conference. Hours after Vesely's comments, Christian Norwood, President of the leftist National Social Democratic Party (PSDN; Spanish: Partido Socialdemůcrata Nacional), and Diana Parker, the PSDN Senate leader, issued a joint statement calling for an alliance between the opposition parties.
Days later, when asked about the alliance, Bennett Lawson President of the centrist Ramstadian Environmental Party (PRAMA; Spanish: Partido Ramstadiano del Medio Ambiente) said their only priority at the time was to "ally themselves with the Popular Party not with the other opposition parties" and that they were "not saying no to an alliance with the other parties" but the only way they would ally themselves with the opposition parties was if "the Popular Party says yes to the catch-all alliance". After much speculation, Dillan Huxtable, President of the leftist Popular Party (PP; Spanish: Partido Popular) issued a statement where he said that both the PP and PRAMA were open to the idea of the opposition alliance and that they were going to sit down to negotiate with the other parties (specifically with the UP and and the PSDN) the terms and specifics of the alliance.
Exactly one week after Huxtable's announcement, Justin Mendez, President of the center-left New Progress (NP; Spanish: Nuevo Progreso) said they hadnít been reached out by the other opposition parties regarding the opposition alliance and expressed interest in allying with them. A day after Mendez' comments, Oscar Winchester, President of the far-left Popular Force Party (PFP; Spanish: Partido Fuerza Popular), said they also hadnít been reached out by the other opposition parties regarding the opposition alliance and said that they were "open to the idea" but they werenít going to "force an alliance" if they werenít needed and, in that case, they were running their own candidates with their own platform. Hours after the PFP Presidentís comments, the PP, UP, PSDN, and PRAMA issued a join statement inviting the PFP and NP to their alliance; both parties accepted the invitation.
After weeks of tense negotiations, The Observer reported that the PFP walked out of negotiations because of what they alleged was a "biased distribution of the nominations". According to The Observer, the PFP sought that both nominations for Senator and Governor of Burma were given to the PFP however the PP wanted either the nominations for Senator or for Governor. The PFP claimed that both nominations belonged to them because they held both offices at the time, but the PP responded by saying that "in an electoral alliance one has to compromise, one canít always get what you want". According to sources close to the matter, the PP wanted to have one of the nominations from Burma because they "hadnít had a significant presence in the district since 1987" when the PP last won the governorís office. At the end the PFP returned to the negotiations and ceded 30 nominations for delegates to the PP in exchange for both nominations for Senator and Governor of Burma.
Six months prior to the election, the Presidents of the six political parties of the coalition announced in a joint press conference the formation of the Alliance for Ramstad, a big-tent coalition whose main purpose was to remove the PRN from the presidency and flip both the House of Delegates and the Senate. In the same press conference it was also announced the distribution of the nominations: the presidency would belong to the PP and the vice presidency to the UP. Out of the 10 governorís nominations four would belong to the PP (Carlow, Commerce, Liberty Island, and Portales), two to the UP (Coventry and Barnsley), two to the PSDN (Channel and Old Town), one to the PFP (Burma), and one to the PRAMA (New Town). Out of the 30 senator's nominations eight would belong to the PP, five for the UP and NP, and four for the PSDN, PFP, and PRAMA. Lastly, out of the 700 Delegate's nominations 293 would belong to the PP, 132 to the UP, 77 to the PSDN, 71 to the PFP, 70 to the PRAMA, and 57 to the NP. The formal announcement of the coalition was received with excitement from the people who opposed President Ward and the PRN, as well as with outrage from loyalists to Ward and the PRN describing the coalition as a "lame attempt to grab power". The media described the Alliance for Ramstad as something "never seen before in the history of Ramstad" and saying that "if they play their cards right, they might have a shot at wining both the presidency and Congress".
Capitalist Party of Ramstad (PCR)
After President Ward ordered all non-essential businesses to close until at least the first week of October and also enacted domestic travel restrictions following a huge rise in COVID-19 cases, several prominent PCR leaders criticized Wardís approach to the handling of the economy. After the National Chamber of Commerce spoke out against the enacted COVID-19 measures, the PCR withdrew all of its support from the PRN and from the Ward administration. The PCR members serving as Secretaries and Undersecretaries in the Ward administration said their alliance was with the nation and that they where selected to "serve the nation and not to play party politics", they concluded by saying they would remain in office as long as the President wishes it.
Alliance for Ramstad (PP-UP-PRAMA-PSDN-PFP-NP)
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After the announcement that the Alliance for Ramstad's presidential nominee would belong to a PP member, several prominent party member quickly expressed interest in running for the nomination. The first person to publicly expressed interest was Allison Chapman, the runner up in the 2017 PP primaries and the current Majority Opposition Leader in the House of Delegates. At the end, five candidates registered to run for the nomination: Majority Opposition Leader Allison Chapman, Governor Imelda Konelly, Governor Francisco Salgado, Senator Aaron Brown, and Senator Dennis Griffin.
At the same time, a vice presidential primary is being held for the first time in Ramstad. Typically the presidential nominee chooses his or her Vice President however, because this time the vice presidency would belong to a member of a different party, it was decided that a primary was necessary. Even though the vice presidential primary legally is non-biding, the five candidates running for the presidential nomination publicly said they would respect the will of the people and select whoever wins the vice presidential primary. There are three candidates running for the vice presidential nomination: Delegate Terrence Clayton, Delegate Sandra Bouillon, and Senator Jon Nelson.
Capitalist Party of Ramstad (PCR)
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After the PCR announced that they "in good conscience" cannot allied themselves with someone that "falsely claims to care about the economy and businesses to only stab them in the back when they are most in need of help", the National PCR Committee scheduled the calendar for the primaries and debates that will take place from January to May, 2022. Three candidates are running for the presidential nomination: Senator and former presidential candidate Cornelius Townsend, Delegate Brook Williams, and former Governor Hudson O'Donnell.
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