VP DEBATE: Tarson on defense as she faces challengers on all sides

The vice presidential debate, the first of two general election debates held this election season, was held last night in conjunction with the Panem Debate Council and The Panem Free Press.

Candidates that competed were required to meet standards set by the PDC, of which five candidates met the qualifications:

  • Vice President Rebecca Tarson (Liberty Party-District 12)
  • Senator Jace Walters (Labor Party-District 10)
  • Senator Quentin Kennedy (Civic Party-District 6)
  • Secretary Delia Sutherland (Conservative Party-District 4)
  • Representative Matthias Christian (Centre Party-District 10)

Topics of the vice presidential debate were separated into two sections: domestic policy and foreign policy. Questions were fielded from the audience in a townhall-style format moderated by Panem Free Press Capitol correspondent Carlton Beck. If a candidate’s name was invoked during another candidate’s response, the first candidate was allowed to respond.

Below are excerpts from the debate proceedings, based on subjects.


Question: “Senator Kennedy, the nation of Panem is facing a serious morphling crisis, particularly in District 6. You have noted on the campaign trail that this crisis cannot stand, and that it must be dealt with immediately. What would be your solution to this drug epidemic?”

Senator Kennedy: “This crisis is abounding with no end in sight as it currently stands. The abuse of morphling destroys the lives of those who take it and those who are around them. Our best way to combat this, and the way that I championed recently in the Senate, is to limit physicians’ ability to prescribe such an addictive drug and to put oversight on the systems that distribute it. The majority of victims of morphling are not those who have been prescribed the drug. They are people who have suffered due to buying it on the black market.”

Question: “Secretary Sutherland, you have expressed discontent with the Mellark administration in regards to the size of the government. If you were elected vice president, what areas of the government would you champion to downsize?”

Secretary Sutherland: “It may be trendy to make new departments, but I don’t think it’s necessary. We have eighteen full-fledged departments, many of which cover small areas that could be covered by a larger overarching department. I would advocate to combine the Departments of Commerce and International Trade and the Departments of State and Global Development. This would not only downsize the size and scope of government, it would also save taxpayers millions.”

Question: “Senator Walters, do you believe that the federal government has done enough in regards to regulation of certain industries, such as the energy sector?”

Senator Walters: “I do not. The past two administrations have done absolutely nothing to protect industrial workers. We’ve seen coal miners and transportation workers engage in unsafe working environments, the likes of which we haven’t seen since Coriolanus Snow was ruling over Panem. It’s rather sickening to watch, considering that President Mellark and Vice President Tarson both are from District 12 and both dealt with the coal industry their entire lives. They should be concerned for the safety of these workers, and as vice president, I would look to help impose more stringent regulations on dangerous industries such as these to ensure that citizens are safer.”

Tarson’s response: “You’re right, Senator; I have lived around the coal industry my entire life. District 12 is undoubtedly the largest coal district in Panem, and we are proud of it. However, District 12 is also aware that by putting these regulations on them, that you are not making them any safer. Instead of being able to make a living, these workers are now out of a job because the coal mines can’t afford to employ them. While I appreciate your enthusiasm to make sure coal miners and all workers are safer, perhaps you should get to know a few of them first before making them political pawns. These workers know best, and they want to work.”

Question: “Vice President Tarson, your opponents have openly criticized you for your support of a tax cut for corporations, as signed into law by the President in his tax bill earlier in his term. What is the rationale for such a policy, and do you support corporations being so heavily involved in the political process through donations to campaigns?”

Vice President Tarson: “I don’t regret supporting that bill, not one bit. As you can probably tell, we no longer are in a recession. Our economic numbers are higher than they have been in a very long time, probably since Katniss Everdeen was in office. Clearly, cutting that tax rate spurred some much needed growth. As for corporations involved in the political process, I think that companies as a whole shouldn’t donate. I haven’t accepted any donations from major corporations. However, every person in Panem should have the right to participate in our political process, and if Senator Walters or Senator Kennedy or Representative Christian have an issue with that, they should really consider how that would be a violation of basic constitutional rights.”

Representative Christian’s rebuttal: “Madame Vice President, with all due respect, your donations may not directly from the corporations themselves, but the fact that company executives funnel millions into your campaign warchest is a clear indicator that you still aren’t any sort of independent from corporate interests.”

Senators Kennedy and Walters ceded their response time following Representative Christian’s response.

Question: “Representative Christian, you have spoken at length during your campaign rallies on government accountability and ensuring that the government remains open and transparent. Under the Canth administration, you were notably open about their lack of transparency and their corruption. What do you have to say regarding the same subject for the Mellark administration, and what would you change as vice president?”

Representative Christian: “While the Mellark administration has undoubtedly improved from the Canth administration on government transparency and corruption, let me remind everyone that the bar was rather low under President Canth. This administration, though marginally better, still has acted brazenly in including lobbyists and corporate interests into the legislative and executive process, corrupting the system that was set forth after the Revolution. We need a reset; we need to remember that a government that conceals its actions is a government that has something to hide. As vice president, the first thing I would push for is a lifetime ban on lobbyists serving in the White House and a ten-year waiting period before public officials could join the lobbying sector.”


Question: “Senator Walters, you have stated that Panem’s involvement in Greece was a ‘massive overreaching mistake that never should have occurred.’ How would you have recommended the response to the Greek crisis occurred?”

Senator Walters: “My statement wasn’t necessarily geared at non-involvement in Greece. Our involvement, beyond that of ensuring the safe return of nuclear weapons, was the issue. President Mellark and his administration- and yes, that would include you, Madame Vice President- are responsible for the loss of hundreds of Panem citizens’ lives due to the bungled response. We should have been better prepared to deal with such a crisis, and we should have put forward a concrete plan for how things would be handled.”

VP Tarson’s response: “Senator, that’s just heinous of you to exploit the tragic loss of these brave men and women. Our response was not bungled. It was as quick as we could make it. I understand that you have never sat in the Situation Room and made the tough decision to put our soldiers in harm’s way, but I figured that you were intelligent enough to understand that this decision was not taken lightly by the administration.”

Question: “Vice President Tarson, you have expressed that the need for a nuclear Panem is clear and that Panem should remain a nuclear power in order to deter other nations from bellicose actions. However, some of your opponents disagree with you heavily on this subject. Why exactly does the nation of Panem need to remain a nuclear power?”

Secretary Sutherland: “Well, we can start out by looking directly at what just happened in Greece. Greece attempted to obtain nuclear arsenals during their conflict with the Grecorussian Empire, leading to a foreign nuclear crisis. ”

Question: “Senator Kennedy, you have previously criticized the Mellark administration’s approach to foreign policy as, in your words, it “goes much farther than it should into others’ affairs.” Please explain what you meant in this statement.”

Senator Kennedy: “That statement largely refers to the idea that is prevalent within the Mellark administration that we should intervene in other nations’ issues. I know that this may be a radical approach for some on this stage, particularly the Vice President, but we have enough issues at home that we don’t need to worry about making Greece our colony.”

Tarson’s response: “You’re right, Senator; we do have issues at home to focus on, and in our administration, we have tackled key issues such as education, the economy, and tax reform. However, we cannot simply avoid foreign policy, as popular as that may be. We need to make sure our nation is safe from all enemies foreign and domestic..”

Question: “Vice President Tarson, there are growing concerns over human rights violations in nations like Oceania and Greece. What is your opinion on how we should combat such violations, or should we even have a role in ensuring against such violations?”

Vice President Tarson: “Without a doubt such human rights violations are not appropriate or acceptable. However, you bring a very valid question to the table: should we intervene? My personal opinion would be that we should respond when our assets or interests are at risk. However, beyond that, we should be cooperating with the Council of Nations to implement strict sanctions against the nations involved.”

Question: “Representative Christian, the nation of Oceania has threatened a trade war with the nation of Panem following what they refer to as ‘invasive acts’ on their soil due to our offensive to defeat the Oceanian Empire. What is your view on how we should respond to such threats?”

Representative Christian: “I have no doubt that Panem is prepared for such a trade war, but we should consider diplomacy in this matter. If it possible to deescalate such a conflict, it should be done with the utmost haste. I’m not certain if the Mellark administration has done so; however, I certainly urge a diplomatic ending to this.”

ANALYSIS: Based on flash polling conducted immediately after the debate, the following results occurred:

Which candidate do you believe won the debate?

Rebecca Tarson – 40 percent

Matthias Christian – 29 percent

Delia Sutherland – 12 percent

Jace Walters – 5 percent

Quentin Kennedy – 3 percent

Undecided – 11 percent

If the general election were held today, which candidate would you be most likely to vote for in the election for vice president?

Rebecca Tarson – 32 percent

Matthias Christian – 22 percent

Jace Walters – 16 percent

Delia Sutherland – 14 percent

Quentin Kennedy – 12 percent

Undecided – 4 percent

The results show clear movement for Vice President Tarson; the Vice President now leads the field following the debate by a stark ten points over her nearest competitor, Matthias Christian. While the race is expected to narrow, this is certainly a good sign for Tarson as she continues in her race for reelection.


Campaigning resumes following Amelia devastation

The general election campaign has officially resumed today following a week-long pause due to the threat of Hurricane Amelia and the devastation that followed in District 4.

President Peeta Mellark, First Lady Katniss Everdeen, and Vice President Rebecca Tarson flew by hovercraft to District 4 to view the destruction and offer on-site assistance to officials in District 4. The three worked with emergency personnel to help clear wreckage in one of the towns on the coastline and later served food to evacuees further inland. The presidential and vice presidential candidates of all major parties extended their well-wishes to those in the line of the storm, putting forward offers to help in any way possible.

Coming up very soon, however, is the vice presidential debate, followed by the presidential debate. The two debates will mark the very end of the election season, and for the five candidates for each position, everything is on the line as it remains too close to call at this time.

Panem Debate Council releases debate information

The Panem Debate Council, the federal government’s nonpartisan commission on presidential and vice presidential debates, released the information surrounding this year’s debates. The information included times, dates, and locations.

According to the information released, the Council is deviating from the typical process, mandating two debates be held- one presidential, and one vice presidential. Last election featured a ticket debate, but it appears that the Council has chosen to scrap that due to time constraints that occurred four years ago.

The vice presidential debate will occur on October 1st in District 1. The debate will focus on multiple topics, including the records of the candidates, domestic policy, and foreign policy. Questions will be fielded from the audience in a townhall-style format with the lowest polling candidates to the left and right respectively moving in toward the highest polling candidates toward the center. The moderator will be Panem Free Press Capitol correspondent Carlton Beck. To compete, candidates must be of a major party (Liberty, Labor, Civic, Conservative, or Centre) or reach at least ten percent in three major polls. As it stands, the current participants will be:

  • Rebecca Tarson, Liberty Party nominee
  • Jace Walters, Labor Party nominee
  • Matthias Christian, Centre Party nominee
  • Delia Sutherland, Conservative Party nominee
  • Quentin Kennedy, Civic Party nominee

If the debate were to be held today, the seating arrangement would be:

Kennedy — Sutherland — Tarson — Walters — Christian

The presidential debate will occur on October 15th in the Capitol. The debate will also focus on multiple topics, particularly the candidates’ records, foreign policy, domestic policy, and economic policy. Questions will have been previously fielded from Panem citizens and will be asked by the moderator, who will be former White House press secretary Polaris Septrix. The debate will be held in traditional formatting, with the lowest polling candidates to the left and right respectively moving in toward the highest polling candidates toward the center. The polling standard to debate is the same as that of the vice presidential debate. As it currently stands, the participants shall be:

  • Peeta Mellark, Liberty Party nominee
  • Iris Canstrom, Labor Party nominee
  • Julie Roydon, Centre Party nominee
  • Kaitlyn Jones, Conservative Party nominee
  • Patrick Newsom, Civic Party nominee

The order of the candidates, if the debate were to be held today, would be:

Jones — Roydon — Mellark — Canstrom — Newsom


CONVENTION WRAP-UP: Civic convention unifies, Conservatives rally, and Centre begins its landmark journey

Today we will be wrapping up coverage of the final three conventions due to their overlapping timelines.


Senator Quentin Kennedy accepts the VP nomination of the Civic Party.

Civic Party leaders and delegates met in District 6 to designate Senators Patrick Newsom (D3) and Quentin Kennedy (D6) as their standard-bearers for the upcoming election.

The convention served as a source of party unity following what was a brutally-fought primary for the presidency. Samuel Trenton, the defeated rival of now-nominee Patrick Newsom, introduced the senator and called him “one of the greatest leaders in this country’s history.” Former President and previous party leader Cecelia Paylor lauded Newsom and Kennedy with praise, declaring them “just what the party and this country needs at this tumultuous time.” The speaker list is below.

Speakers (Night One): 

  • Fannie Bush, actress (D2)
  • Kyra Close, candidate for representative (D1)
  • Nic Martel, candidate for representative (D7)
  • Walter Rigby, candidate for governor (D11)
  • Sawyer Coburn, businessman and candidate for governor (D9)
  • Raylin Kramer, senator (D6)
  • Quentin Kennedy, senator and nominee for vice president (D6)

Speakers (Night Two): 

  • Amelia Vance, representative (D10)
  • Valerie Wilkins, representative (D6)
  • Tom Dawkins, representative (D3)
  • Sadie Myers, former senator (D3)
  • Ivy Spellings, First Lady of District 3 (D3)
  • Bertram Spellings, governor (D3)
  • Russell Paylor, former First Gentleman of Panem (D8)
  • Cecelia Paylor, national security advisor, former President, and party founder (D8)
  • Samuel Trenton, former Cabinet secretary, former Speaker, previous VP nominee, and candidate for president (Capitol)
  • Patrick Newsom, senator and nominee for president (D3)


Marvel Wheeler, D4 district representative.

Meeting in District 4, the Conservative Party convened their third quadrennial party convention. This year, however, brought a convention with new party leaders and a brighter picture for the Conservatives in comparison to last convention, where Rick Canth and Jackson Canth were nominated amid major disapproval and mass walkouts that resulted in an independent ticket.

Conservatives rallied around former Gov. Kaitlyn Jones and her running mate, former Sec. Delia Sutherland, declaring them “the only sane choices in this insane political world.” Notable absences included the Canths, but for good reason: Jones and Sutherland categorically denied their endorsements and declared the pair to be “persona non grata” in Conservative circles for their illegal actions. The speaker list is below.

Speakers (Day One):

  • Annise Byrd, district representative and candidate for governor (D6)
  • Marvel Wheeler, district representative (D4)
  • Cooper McPharlin, activist and candidate for governor (D1)
  • Regina Durant, businesswoman and candidate for representative (D13)
  • Julian Gibson, district representative (D6)
  • Belinda Copley, representative and former LG (D6)
  • Lynn Germaine, former Secretary of Intelligence (D4)
  • Robert F. Maxwell, businessman (D4)
  • Delia Sutherland, former Secretary of the Interior and nominee for VP (D4)

Speakers (Day Two):

  • Cam Bullock, district senator and candidate for representative (D12)
  • Victoria Warren, district senator and candidate for representative (D14)
  • Deon Masterson, district representative and candidate for representative (D15)
  • Kurtis Pierce, former Secretary of the Treasury and candidate for president (D2)
  • Jack Oliver, former Secretary of Global Development and candidate for VP (D11)
  • Carl Parsons, representative and former LG (D11)
  • Andrew Jones, former First Gentleman of District 11 (D11)
  • Kaitlyn Jones, former governor and nominee for president (D11)


Senator Julie Roydon accepts the Centre Party presidential nomination.

The convention circuit ended with the Centre Party’s inaugural convention in District 13. The convention was a landmark for the fledgling party, which is currently in its first presidential election cycle.

The convention’s main goal was to display a conclusive vision for the Centre ticket, as the main attack that the Roydon/Christian ticket receives is a lack of clear goals for the nation. Speakers hit on a conservative economic policy, a liberal domestic policy, and a pragmatic approach to foreign policy. A speaker list is below.

Speakers (Day One):

  • Donald Beck, representative and candidate for governor (D6)
  • Stephanie Peters, representative (D15)
  • Lorrie Trent, district senator and candidate for representative (D1)
  • Glenn Beckham, actor and candidate for governor (D7)
  • Rachel Cross, district representative and candidate for representative (D15)
  • Adrianne Horsfall, representative and candidate for governor (D1)
  • Dillan Christian, representative (D10)
  • Matthias Christian, representative and nominee for VP (D10)

Speakers (Day Two):

  • Isabel Calhoun, representative (D2)
  • Natalia MacGregor, district senator and candidate for representative (D4)
  • Rita McDaniel, representative (D11)
  • Tim Coombs, representative (D1)
  • Brady Hanley, representative (D14)
  • Sextimus Dalton, former VP candidate, former representative, and former lieutenant governor (D5)
  • Clarke Randall, senator and Centre Senate Leader (D9)
  • Joseph Garrett, senator (D15)
  • Michael Roydon, husband of presidential nominee Julie Roydon (Capitol)
  • Julie Roydon, senator and nominee for president (Capitol)

POLLING: If Election Held Today, Runoff Would Be A Certainty

The Panem Free Press conducted polling for the presidential and VP races throughout the fifteen districts and the Capitol, coming to a result that may not please any candidate.

The questions asked:

  • If you were to vote today for president, who would you select:
    • Peeta Mellark, Patrick Newsom, Iris Canstrom, Kaitlyn Jones, Julie Roydon, Undecided
  • If you were to vote today for vice president, who would you select:
    • Rebecca Tarson, Quentin Kennedy, Jace Walters, Delia Sutherland, Matthias Christian, Undecided

The results are below.


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Peeta Mellark – 22 percent                                                    Rebecca Tarson – 23 percent

Iris Canstrom – 20 percent                                                     Jace Walters – 19 percent

Julie Roydon – 18 percent                                                      Delia Sutherland – 18 percent

Patrick Newsom – 17 percent                                                Matthias Christian – 18 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 14 percent                                                     Quentin Kennedy – 17 percent

Undecided – 9 percent                                                          Undecided – 6 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Julie Roydon – 22 percent                                                      Jace Walters – 22 percent

Iris Canstrom – 21 percent                                                      Rebecca Tarson – 21 percent

Peeta Mellark – 20 percent                                                   Delia Sutherland – 19 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 19 percent                                                     Matthias Christian – 15 percent

Patrick Newsom – 6 percent                                                Quentin Kennedy – 7 percent

Undecided – 12 percent                                                         Undecided – 16 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Peeta Mellark – 26 percent                                                    Rebecca Tarson – 25 percent

Julie Roydon – 23 percent                                                      Delia Sutherland – 24 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 19 percent                                                     Jace Walters – 20 percent

Iris Canstrom – 19 percent                                                     Matthias Christian – 20 percent

Patrick Newsom – 6 percent                                                 Quentin Kennedy – 7 percent

Undecided – 7 percent                                                          Undecided – 4 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Patrick Newsom – 37 percent                                               Quentin Kennedy – 32 percent

Iris Canstrom – 21 percent                                                     Jace Walters – 24 percent

Julie Roydon – 13 percent                                                     Matthias Christian – 15 percent

Peeta Mellark – 12 percent                                                   Rebecca Tarson – 12 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 4 percent                                                     Delia Sutherland – 5 percent

Undecided – 13 percent                                                        Undecided – 12 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Julie Roydon – 21 percent                                                     Matthias Christian – 20 percent

Peeta Mellark – 21 percent                                                    Rebecca Tarson – 19 percent

Iris Canstrom – 17 percent                                                     Jace Walters – 19 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 20 percent                                                    Delia Sutherland – 17 percent

Patrick Newsom – 16 percent                                               Quentin Kennedy – 15 percent

Undecided – 5 percent                                                          Undecided – 10 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Kaitlyn Jones – 27 percent                                                    Delia Sutherland – 25 percent

Peeta Mellark – 20 percent                                                   Quentin Kennedy – 20 percent

Iris Canstrom – 17 percent                                                    Rebecca Tarson – 19 percent

Julie Roydon – 17 percent                                                     Matthias Christian – 17 percent

Patrick Newsom – 16 percent                                                Jace Walters – 15 percent

Undecided – 3 percent                                                           Undecided – 4 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Kaitlyn Jones – 23 percent                                                     Quentin Kennedy – 29 percent

Peeta Mellark – 22 percent                                                    Rebecca Tarson – 21 percent

Julie Roydon – 18 percent                                                     Delia Sutherland – 16 percent

Iris Canstrom – 16 percent                                                     Matthias Christian – 15 percent

Patrick Newsom – 11 percent                                                 Jace Walters – 13 percent

Undecided – 10 percent                                                          Undecided – 6 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Kaitlyn Jones – 26 percent                                                    Delia Sutherland – 22 percent

Peeta Mellark – 21 percent                                                     Rebecca Tarson – 21 percent

Julie Roydon – 19 percent                                                     Quentin Kennedy – 18 percent

Patrick Newsom – 17 percent                                               Jace Walters – 17 percent

Iris Canstrom – 14 percent                                                    Matthias Christian   – 17 percent

Undecided – 3 percent                                                         Undecided – 5 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Iris Canstrom – 26 percent                                                     Jace Walters – 24 percent

Julie Roydon – 20 percent                                                      Rebecca Tarson – 21 percent

Peeta Mellark – 20 percent                                                    Matthias Christian – 19 percent

Patrick Newsom – 16 percent                                               Quentin Kennedy – 15 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 11 percent                                                     Delia Sutherland – 12 percent

Undecided – 7 percent                                                          Undecided – 9 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Iris Canstrom – 24 percent                                                     Rebecca Tarson – 27 percent

Peeta Mellark – 22 percent                                                    Jace Walters – 22 percent

Julie Roydon – 20 percent                                                     Delia Sutherland – 19 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 19 percent                                                     Matthias Christian – 15 percent

Patrick Newsom – 12 percent                                                Quentin Kennedy – 11 percent

Undecided – 3 percent                                                           Undecided – 6 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Peeta Mellark – 27 percent                                                    Rebecca Tarson – 23 percent

Julie Roydon – 23 percent                                                      Matthias Christian – 23 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 19 percent                                                     Jace Walters – 22 percent

Iris Canstrom – 19 percent                                                     Delia Sutherland – 15 percent

Patrick Newsom – 6 percent                                                 Quentin Kennedy – 8 percent

Undecided – 6 percent                                                          Undecided – 9 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Kaitlyn Jones – 29 percent                                                     Rebecca Tarson – 30 percent

Peeta Mellark – 29 percent                                                    Delia Sutherland – 28 percent

Patrick Newsom – 14 percent                                               Quentin Kennedy – 17 percent

Iris Canstrom – 11 percent                                                     Jace Walters – 9 percent

Julie Roydon – 7 percent                                                       Matthias Christian – 5 percent

Undecided – 10 percent                                                        Undecided – 11 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Peeta Mellark – 71 percent                                                    Rebecca Tarson – 69 percent

Julie Roydon – 11 percent                                                      Matthias Christian – 10 percent

Iris Canstrom – 6 percent                                                      Jace Walters – 5 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 4 percent                                                      Delia Sutherland – 4 percent

Patrick Newsom – 4 percent                                                Quentin Kennedy – 4 percent

Undecided – 4 percent                                                          Undecided – 8 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Peeta Mellark – 40 percent                                                   Rebecca Tarson – 39 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 27 percent                                                    Delia Sutherland – 21 percent

Julie Roydon – 14 percent                                                     Matthias Christian – 16 percent

Iris Canstrom – 7 percent                                                      Quentin Kennedy – 10 percent

Patrick Newsom – 6 percent                                                Jace Walters – 6 percent

Undecided – 6 percent                                                          Undecided – 8 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Peeta Mellark – 38 percent                                                   Rebecca Tarson – 41 percent

Julie Roydon – 24 percent                                                     Quentin Kennedy – 19 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 14 percent                                                    Delia Sutherland – 16 percent

Iris Canstrom – 8 percent                                                     Matthias Christian – 9 percent

Patrick Newsom – 6 percent                                               Jace Walters – 4 percent

Undecided – 10 percent                                                        Undecided – 11 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Julie Roydon – 31 percent                                                      Matthias Christian – 26 percent

Peeta Mellark  – 30 percent                                                   Rebecca Tarson – 26 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 14 percent                                                     Delia Sutherland – 17 percent

Patrick Newsom – 12 percent                                               Quentin Kennedy – 14 percent

Iris Canstrom – 7 percent                                                      Jace Walters – 10 percent

Undecided – 6 percent                                                          Undecided – 7 percent


PRESIDENT:                                                                           VICE PRESIDENT:

Julie Roydon – 30 percent                                                      Matthias Christian – 29 percent

Peeta Mellark – 28 percent                                                    Rebecca Tarson – 28 percent

Iris Canstrom – 15 percent                                                      Jace Walters – 16 percent

Patrick Newsom – 11 percent                                                 Quentin Kennedy – 13 percent

Kaitlyn Jones – 10 percent                                                      Delia Sutherland – 10 percent

Undecided – 6 percent                                                           Undecided – 5 percent

ANALYSIS: This polling is the greatest indicator by far of just how much the electorate has become divided. For the first time in Panem’s history, we are looking at an incredibly competitive election, one that under the previous constitutional method would have devolved into an absolutely chaotic House election involving five candidates from five different parties. Instead, following the House election that propelled Rick Canth to the presidency, Panem’s constitution was amended allowing for a second round of voting following the Electoral College’s official vote that determines no candidate to have reached a majority.

If the first round of the election were to be held today, no candidate would receive a majority of the electoral votes. In fact, below is how the vote would break down based on the poll:


Peeta Mellark: D2, D10, D11, D12, D13, D14 (Total: 55 EVs)

Julie Roydon: D1, D4, D15, Capitol (Total: 36 EVs)

Kaitlyn Jones: D5, D6, D7, D11 (Total: 23 EVs)

Iris Canstrom: D8, D9 (Total: 13 EVs)

Patrick Newsom: D3 (Total: 8 EVs)


Rebecca Tarson: D2, D9, D10, D11, D12, D13, D14 (Total: 58 EVs)

Matthias Christian: D4, D15, Capitol (Total: 25 EVs)

Jace Walters: D1, D8 (Total: 21 EVs)

Quentin Kennedy: D3, D6 (Total: 13 EVs)

Delia Sutherland: D5, D7 (Total: 10 EVs)

The needed amount to accede to the executive branch is 68 electoral votes. As shown above, President Mellark misses the cut by 13 electoral votes and Vice President Tarson misses it by 10 electoral votes. In this scenario, the top two electoral vote recipients would advance to another round of balloting, also under the electoral college. In the case of the presidential election, this election would be (according to our polling) President Mellark versus Senator Roydon and Vice President Tarson versus Representative Christian. However, with so many districts having fluctuations in their polling, it is completely possible that President Mellark and Vice President Tarson win this election outright if things go their way. Likewise, it’s also possible that the Liberty ticket doesn’t even make it into the runoff; all it would take is a series of second place finishes in multiple districts to end the Liberty reelection campaign.

BREAKING: Newsom selects Senator Quentin Kennedy as Civic running mate

Senator Patrick Newsom, the Civic Party’s presumptive nominee for president, announced his pick for the Civic vice presidential nomination today at a rally in District 6. 

Newsom selected Senator Quentin Kennedy as his running mate for the general election. This was following the release of a four-person VP shortlist released by Newsom a month ago that in addition to Kennedy also included former Sen. Sadie Myers, presidential candidate Samuel Trenton, and Rep. Amelia Vance. All of the VP shortlist contenders were onstage at the rally to offer a full-fledged set of endorsements for the new Civic ticket.

“I selected Quentin Kennedy because we deserve to have a Civic revival. That means that we need to ensure that the freshest ideas are at our forefront, and Senator Kennedy has been an innovator since his first step in the Capitol. He is a man of integrity, honesty, and unity, and I believe he will serve as a fantastic vice president.” — Senator Patrick Newsom (Civic-D3)

The rally came off as a key unifying moment for the Civic Party, one that may go further in unifying the party once the ticket is formally nominated at the Civic National Convention.

The selection of Kennedy was clearly meant to build a bridge to Civic voters that were less than enthusiastic about supporting Newsom while also ensuring that undecided voters would see a fresh option on the ballot. Kennedy has served as a mainstream progressive in Congress, which both sides of the Civic Party will see as a plus. His selection is likely to be viewed as an attempt to gain voters from Labor, Liberty, and Centre, an arduous but potentially fruitful plan.

With the Newsom-Kennedy ticket finalized, every party’s ticket is now set for the general election. In case you need a refresher, a breakdown is featured below:


Liberty               Peeta Mellark       Rebecca Tarson

Labor                 Iris Canstrom        Jace Walters

Civic                  Patrick Newsom   Quentin Kennedy

Conservative   Kaitlyn Jones         Delia Sutherland

Centre              Julie Roydon         Matthias Christian

LABNC: Canstrom crowned as Labor pres. nominee amid VP infighting

The Labor Party National Convention was held in District 9 over the past two days. Labor Party officials hoped to provide a convention that would not only show a clear-cut alternative to the Mellark administration, but also provide enough newsworthy moments to catch voters’ attention.

The LabNC managed to get wall-to-wall coverage after all. Held June 24th and 25th, the convention caught attention first for the heated battle for the vice presidential nomination and then for the speeches of D4 Rep. Sylvenia Denton and presidential nominee Sen. Iris Canstrom.


Night one featured nine speakers, all speaking to the vision of a united Labor Party with a clear and conclusive vision. Three of these speakers were candidates for governorships: Shannon Barker (D1), Haylie Shepard (D6), and Ashton North (D11). By having these districtwide candidates speak, it became clear that Labor was showing the nation that they were serious about providing a true alternative to Liberty policies.

Between the districtwide candidate speeches and the vice presidential speeches, delegates on the floor conducted business as planned. Following the primaries, no candidate for vice president reached the needed delegate count of 1,925 to become the nominee. As such, Rep. Teraton Wendle, former Gov. Thomas Stemp, and former. Sen. Ophelie Murray were left to battle for the nomination on a second ballot: something that has only happened once before, and something that is notoriously volatile. Sen. Murray was nominated by former senator Katrina Rowland (D4) and seconded by Vera Adler, former D3 governor. Gov. Stemp was nominated by Senator Jace Walters (D10) and seconded by former governor Walter Delta (D11). Rep. Wendle was nominated by Sen. Lindsay Richards (D10) and seconded by former senator Zena Gates (Capitol).

The first ballot, as expected, was as follows:

Teraton Wendle –  1,850
Thomas Stemp   –  1,550
Ophelie Murray  –    500

Following this ballot, delegates were released from the binds placed upon them by the party and were able to switch their votes as they saw fit. The second ballot ended up inconclusive as well, with movement towards Stemp:

Teraton Wendle –  1,745
Thomas Stemp   –  1,690
Ophelie Murray  –    465

Stemp’s campaign went into overdrive as they saw an opportunity to flip delegates to win the nomination. Wendle’s team went into crisis mode to prevent their lead from collapsing. Murray found herself as a kingmaker in the nomination fight; should she endorse either side, it’s likely that the candidate she chose would easily win due to her delegates. However, Murray chose to withhold an endorsement until after a third ballot. The third ballot results were as follows:

Teraton Wendle –  1,705
Thomas Stemp   –  1,675
Ophelie Murray  –     415
Jace Walters        –     105

The worst fears of Wendle and Stemp’s campaigns had materialized; without an endorsement prior to the third ballot from Murray, some delegates had become dissatisfied with their choices, resulting in the nomination of a fourth candidate in Senator Jace Walters. Walters decided to let the nomination stand, despite his previous refusal to run for federal office. The fourth ballot was now set to become a test on if Walters could manage to strip more delegates to make himself a full force for the nomination. The fourth ballot results were as follows:

Teraton Wendle –  1,490
Thomas Stemp   –  1,435
Jace Walters       –     670
Ophelie Murray –     305

With the fourth ballot, Walters clearly stripped of delegates from each opponent, causing him to catapult ahead of Murray in the delegate count. Murray as a result withdrew from the contest, endorsing Walters.

“We now have a clear choice on who our vice president should be: Jace Walters. While I would love to serve, I cannot secure this nomination. Senator Walters, however, can. He can lead this party into a new era, one that will bring true leadership to the Capitol. I strongly urge you to vote for Walters on the fifth ballot.” — former Senator Ophelie Murray (Labor-D3)

The results of the fifth ballot were as follows:

Jace Walters        –  1,330
Thomas Stemp    –  1,325
Teraton Wendle –  1,245

Murray’s departure, as expected, rocked the race. Her 305 delegates provided a boost to Walters that encouraged many of Wendle and Stemp’s delegates to balk for Walters. Walters, as a result, then held a five-delegate lead over Stemp heading into a sixth ballot, with Wendle in third. The result of the sixth ballot was as follows:

Jace Walters        –   1,825
Teraton Wendle –    1,110

Thomas Stemp    –     975

Following the sixth ballot, it became clear that Walters was likely to end up the nominee. Stemp’s delegates ditched for Walters heavily on the sixth ballot in a surprise to observers. Despite the significant momentum of Walters, Wendle and Stemp refused to leave the field, stating they would ride this out to the end. The results of the seventh ballot were as follows:

Jace Walters        –   1,980
Teraton Wendle –   1,005

Thomas Stemp    –     925

On the seventh ballot, Senator Jace Walters secured the vice presidential nomination of the Labor Party with 1,980 delegates. For the second time in Labor history, one of their nominees would be someone unexpectedly selected at their convention after a competitive primary in which no candidate would end up the nominee.


An excerpt from Senator Walters’ acceptance speech:

“Mr. Chairman, delegates, and my friends in the Labor Party, I hereby accept the nomination of the Labor Party for Vice President of the Republic of Panem! While I know that I did not run for this, I feel that it is my job to unite this party. I thank Senator Murray, Governor Stemp, and Representative Wendle for their hard campaign and their devotion to the values that the Labor Party holds so dear. I will undoubtedly seek their counsel in the challenges I will soon face.

The Labor Party has hit a defining crossroads. We can either choose to move forward as a party that is defined by our past, one that is defined by our present, or one that is defined by our future. My friends, we cannot afford to be a party of the past. We must avoid our previous mistakes. We cannot afford to dwell on the petty divisions of the present either. We must look to the future, to that bright future on the horizon. We must continue to look to unite our party in order to get the ideals of this party across the finish line.

There is too much at stake in this election. We cannot afford another four years of catastrophic failure abroad. We cannot afford any more failure for our children on the front of education, or any more abuse to our citizens by the corporations of Panem.

We cannot afford to let this country falter in the face of a president who is clearly in over his head. We must rescue this country. We must unite for the greater good, and we must win this election.” — Senator and VP nominee Jace Walters (Labor-D10)


Night two featured the remaining eleven speakers, featuring some of the most prominent members of the Labor Party.

Senator Iris Canstrom accepts the Labor Party presidential nomination.

The most noteworthy speeches belonged to Sec. Walter Delta, Sec. Joan Kindred, and former nominee Felicia Ren; however, the most noticed one belonged to Rep. Sylvenia Denton. Denton did not endorse Canstrom following her victory, and the offer for her to speak at the convention was considered to largely be a formality. However, Denton accepted against the odds, leading many to wonder if she would endorse in the speech.

That, however, did not occur. In fact, Denton decided to bash the Labor Party and alleged that Canstrom had stolen the nomination. Following this, she then decided to announce she would not be endorsing Canstrom for president or Walters for vice president, leading to the firebrand representative being booed off of the stage.

Senator Canstrom was nominated to be the Labor presidential nominee by former governor Felicia Ren (D8) and seconded by both former senator Patricia Mann (D9) and former Secretary of Transportation Joan Kindred (D5).

Below are some excerpts of the notable speeches.

“For too long the Liberty Party has ignored you, the working people of this country. After four years of this president, let’s not make another mistake by letting these policies continue.” — Former Secretary of Agriculture, governor, VP nominee, and presidential candidate Walter Delta (Labor-D11)

“You know, I won this race. I should be accepting this nomination. Instead, I’m here, where I was informed that I’d be endorsing the Labor nominees. Let me tell you: after the hell this party put me through in the primary, I’m not endorsing either nominee. This process was fraudulent. Iris Canstrom and especially Jace Walters are frauds.” — Representative and former presidential candidate Sylvenia Denton (Labor-D4)

“Well, I definitely do not agree with Representative Denton, and I sure hope she apologizes for accepting a speaker slot just to bash the party that she’s supposed to be a part of.

What I do know is that Iris Canstrom is no fraud. She’s the real deal. I may have been wanting this nomination, but I’ve got to say that I’m glad that Iris won. She’s an incredible worker, one that will actually represent Panem well. She’s going to make sure our foreign policy is stable and that our country is at least here for our grandchildren.” — Former Secretary of Transportation, representative, VP nominee, and presidential candidate Joan Kindred (Labor-D5)

“When I decided not to run for the Labor nomination for a third time, many were surprised. I’ll tell you why I did that: so we could get a new face, one that shows Panem we mean business. No one shows that more than Iris Canstrom. She’s represented District 9 tremendously in the Senate and the Labor Party as our leader in the Senate. She is capable of crossing the aisle, as we did to unite with Civic to create the Red-Green Coalition. She’s prepared to take the White House by storm and evict Peeta Mellark. She’s ready to help us take this country back!” — Former governor and two-time Labor presidential nominee Felicia Ren (Labor-D8)

“Mr. Chairman, delegates, Labor Party members, and all those who are watching tonight, I am glad to accept the presidential nomination of the Labor Party of Panem!

Boy, it has been an exciting convention process, hasn’t it? I’d like to take a moment to congratulate my running mate Jace Walters on his nomination yesterday. You know, when I asked him to consider running earlier this year, he told me that he wouldn’t dare consider it. I can say without a doubt that I’ll be proud to have him as my vice president.

Panem is at a fork in the road. Behind us are eight years of hapless right-wing policy under two different presidents. Our country is still recovering from the shock of a president who cheated his way into the presidency, and one who is clearly in over his head. Ahead of us are five different paths, and I’d like to detail where those paths lead.

First there is a path that leads to President Peeta Mellark being reelected. It involves four more years of destructive foreign policy, useless domestic policy, and misguided economic policy.

The second path leads to a President Kaitlyn Jones. We would see no accomplishments under a President Jones, simply failure. It would be simply returning to the Canth administration, except perhaps with less scandal.

The third path gives us a President Julie Roydon. A President Roydon is an incredible enigma, for not even she knows what she believes. It would all fall to which lobbyists reach her first.

The fourth path is lucrative, but isn’t the right one. A President Patrick Newsom may sound good to progressives, but he is not nearly prepared to deal with the politics of the Capitol, nor is he prepared to deal with this country’s foreign policy. He’s misguided in many of his policies, and it would lead to no left-wing party holding the presidency after him for at least a generation. It would be an incredible step backwards not just for Labor, but also the entire left.

The final path is the correct one. With me as president, you will see true progressive reform. We will hold corporations accountable for their actions. We will ensure that lobbyists aren’t involved in government decision making. We will reign in our overreaching foreign policy. We will make sure that this country is run FOR the citizens and BY the citizens, not for the highest bidder like these other parties would prefer. It’s high time that we have an administration that is transparent, open, and accountable to its electorate. Let’s take back Panem together.” — Senate Labor Leader and presidential nominee Iris Canstrom (Labor-D9)


If you were to vote today for Panem’s next president, who would you choose?

Peeta Mellark (Liberty): 26 percent

Iris Canstrom (Labor): 24 percent

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative): 17 percent

Patrick Newsom (Civic): 15 percent

Julie Roydon (Centre): 13 percent

Undecided: 5 percent


If you were to vote today for Panem’s next vice president, who would you choose?

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty): 25 percent

Matthias Christian (Centre): 20 percent

Jace Walters (Labor): 19 percent

Delia Sutherland (Conservative): 18 percent

Civic nominee: 12 percent

Undecided: 6 percent

The flashpolling, taken following the convention’s close, showed a massive boost for the Labor ticket, mostly at the expense of the Civic ticket. It also demolished the large lead that Liberty had accumulated from their convention, putting both races within sight for every candidate running. Jace Walters, however, is not quite polling as well as Canstrom is; this is likely due to that he was just introduced to the electorate as the nominee and lacks name recognition. Due to this, the race for VP, if conducted right now, would lead to a runoff between Vice President Tarson and Matthias Christian, the Centre nominee; however, Walters is already closing that gap.

With the jump for the Labor nominees, the Liberty ticket should be very concerned. If such jumps occur for Civic, Centre, and the Conservatives, it’s incredibly likely that another candidate will eventually take the lead before election day and almost certain that we will see this nation’s first runoff election for president and vice president.