Cortez confirmed as Energy Sec., Hawthorne confirmed as Intelligence Sec.

The Senate moved quickly on the first day of President Mellark’s second term to confirm his nominees for the Energy Department and Intelligence Department.

Lynnette Cortez, the governor of District 12, was confirmed as Secretary of Energy in a voice vote. Cortez resigned her position as governor in a letter that took effect upon her confirmation, ensuring that there would be no issue. Harriet Myers, the lieutenant governor of District 12, will now become the fifth governor of District 12. Myers has the ability as the new governor to name her successor as lieutenant governor, to which she has named district senator Vance Jefferson.

Gale Hawthorne, the governor of District 15, was confirmed as Secretary of Intelligence by a vote of 25 to 7. All seven senators of the Red-Green Coalition voted against Hawthorne’s nomination, stating that he was far too radical for the position and claimed concerns over his opinion on torture. Hawthorne has previously mentioned that psychological torture can be used in certain circumstances to retrieve information, but also stated that terrorists are the only individuals who should experience such torture. Hawthorne’s resignation letter as governor went into effect upon his confirmation, with lieutenant governor Marshall Risinger becoming governor. The secretary of state of District 15 automatically becomes lieutenant governor in the absence of an officeholder. As such, Risinger will be succeeded by Brody Elliott.

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INAUGURATION DAY: President Mellark, Vice President Tarson sworn in for second term

Today marked the second inauguration of Panem’s fifth president, Peeta Mellark (Liberty Party-District 12), and Panem’s sixth vice president, Rebecca Tarson (Liberty Party-District 12). The pair were reelected in the closest federal elections in Panem history. Below are some notable results from this past election:


  • President: Peeta Mellark. Mellark was reelected as president in a tight election that required the nation’s first federal runoff election for the presidency. Mellark received 51 electoral votes in the first round, which was 18 short of the 69 needed to achieve an outright win, and 34.23 percent of the popular vote. In the second round, Mellark narrowly achieved an outright win over former Gov. Kaitlyn Jones, the Conservative nominee, with exactly 69 electoral votes to Jones’ 67. The popular vote percentage for the final round was 52.02 percent Mellark to 47.98 percent Jones.
  • Vice President: Rebecca Tarson. Tarson was reelected as vice president in an even tighter election than the President’s, requiring a federal runoff election that resulted in an electoral vote tie that had to be broken by determination of the popular vote winner. Tarson received 61 electoral votes in the first round, which was 8 short of the 69 needed to achieve an outright majority in the first round, and 36 percent of the popular vote. In the second round, Tarson tied the electoral college with Centre nominee Rep. Matthias Christian, which required a determination of the winner by popular vote. As the final results reflected a lead for Tarson of 51.58 percent to Christian’s 48.42 percent, Tarson was reelected vice president.
  • In the districtwide elections, four governorships, three lieutenant governorships, and two district legislatures flipped parties, with the following elected this election:
    • Governors: Cooper McPharlin (Conservative-D1), Donald Beck (Centre-D6), Glenn Beckham (Conservative-D7), Dillan Christian (Centre-D10)
    • Lt. Governors: Haywood Jackson (Conservative-D1), Lydia Rome (Conservative-D7), Cyrus Westley (Centre-D10)
    • District Legislatures: District 1 Legislature (Liberty –> Conservative), District 10 Legislature (Liberty –> Centre)
  • In the race for control of the House, the composition of the Panem House of Representatives now is 96 Liberty members, 54 Centre members, 25 Conservative members, 18 Labor members, 6 Civic members, and 1 independent member who will caucus with Liberty. Liberty has lost the majority in the House, but has formed a leadership coalition with the Conservative Party in order to maintain control of the chamber. The leaders of each party in the House are;
    • Presumptive Speaker of the House of Representatives: Constantin Richelieu (Liberty-D14)
    • House Majority Leader (thus, Liberty Party leader): Miranda O’Neal (Liberty-D13)
    • House Majority Whip (thus, Conservative Party leader): Kari Lyles (Conservative-D10)
    • Leader of the Opposition (thus, Centre Party leader): Daniel Hutton (Centre-D15)
    • Labor leader: Teraton Wendle (D2)
    • Civic leader: Georgia Landon (D13)
  • Following the resignation of D7 Governor Mason Wallace, Patty Newsom became governor of District 7 until the inauguration of Glenn Beckham.
  • If the nominations of President-elect Mellark are confirmed, the following will become governor:
    • Harriet Myers, District 12
    • Marshall Risinger, District 15

Vice President-elect Rebecca Tarson (Liberty-D12) arrived first, as tradition holds, coming in her motorcade from 1 Corsican Circle, the official residence of the Vice President. Also in the motorcade was Second Gentleman Nathaniel Tarson. Vice President-elect Tarson ascended the steps of the Capitol towards the center dais, where she would be inaugurated. For the first time in Panem’s history, the oath of office was delivered to a federal official by a female justice. Chief Justice Francine Ashland Brewster administered the oath of office to the Vice President-elect, making her formally Vice President once again.

Due to a technicality in the Panem Constitution, the Vice President-elect always is sworn in prior to the presidential inauguration. This is due to the possible circumstance of the president’s death prior to the vice presidential inauguration, which would hence cause a constitutional crisis. Therefore, upon inauguration, the Vice President becomes Acting President for at least two hours until the presidential inauguration.

And thus, Vice President-elect Tarson became Vice President and acting President Tarson.

The president-elect’s motorcade left Stonehaven (also known as the White House or the Presidential Mansion) for the inauguration. In the motorcade were President-elect Peeta Mellark, former President and First Lady Katniss Everdeen, and their child, Delia Mellark. The three exited the motorcade and moved into the Capitol, where they began the traditional walk through the Capitol to the outer steps for the inauguration.

President-elect Mellark and First Lady Everdeen once again reprised their positions in one of the most famous images in political history; two presidents, walking together to the inauguration of one. This time, however, Delia Mellark was present. At the top of the steps waiting was Chief Justice Francine Ashland Brewster. She represented the starkest difference in the presidential backdrop of the inauguration, but also represented one of Mellark’s key accomplishments. Once Ashland Brewster administered the oath, the crowd ruptured with applause.

Following his oath, President Peeta Mellark came to the podium to deliver his inaugural address:

“Four years ago, we embarked on a journey that was destined to be long and treacherous. We faced a devastating economy, a dangerous world, and a crumbling country. I promised to you four years ago on these very steps that we would return to being a guiding light for the world to follow, that we would end the discord in our country and bring about harmony, faith, and hope. I pray that these goals have been at least partially accomplished during my first term. Together, we accomplished more than we ever thought possible, and now it is time to move towards a grander and greater second term. As we have restored the light to our nation, we now must lead the world. We cannot sit by idly and allow for global disruption. We must act for freedom, for our shared ideals. We must decisively act to ensure the fundamental justice we know here in Panem is shown to all of mankind. We have a duty to the rest of the world to prove that Panem is willing to step up to the job and lead this wonderful world.” — President Peeta Mellark (Liberty Party-District 12)

Mellark names Gale Hawthorne as Sec. of Intelligence, Lynnette Cortez as Sec. of Energy

President Mellark has officially nominated two more candidates for open Cabinet positions. In an announcement at the White House, Mellark nominated D15 Governor and former Secretary of Defense Gale Hawthorne for the post of Secretary of Intelligence and D12 Governor Lynnette Cortez for the post of Secretary of Energy.

Governor Gale Hawthorne (Liberty-D15) was selected by the president due to his close personal connection with the First Family and his time as Secretary of Defense. Hawthorne currently serves as the governor of the 15th district of Panem, which comprises the area that was the old Capitol before it was devastated by an extremely deadly earthquake that nearly wiped out the Panem government. He has worked since to rebuild the area and has achieved a large success. Hawthorne previously served as the governor of District 2, the nation’s military district, and as President Katniss Everdeen’s second Secretary of Defense, where he oversaw Panem’s response to the Fourth World War. If confirmed, Hawthorne will be succeeded as governor by Marshall Risinger, his lieutenant governor, who will subsequently become the first African-Panemian governor of District 15.

Governor Lynnette Cortez was selected by the president for similar reasons to Hawthorne; Cortez has a close personal relationship with the First Family due to the close-knit political scene in District 12. Cortez has served as governor for the past four years since taking office upon the ascension of then-Governor Rebecca Tarson to the vice presidency. Cortez, as governor, has managed the district that controls the largest portion of Panem’s energy sector, making her one of the few politicians with unique qualifications to hold the top job at the Energy Department. If confirmed, Cortez will be succeeded by D12 Lieutenant Governor Harriet Myers; Myers will be the fourth consecutive female governor of District 12 and the first African-Panemian governor of the district.

President Mellark has nominated the following in total for open cabinet positions so far:

  • Secretary of State: Jonathan Madison (Liberty-D4), current Secretary of Defense
  • Secretary of Intelligence: Gale Hawthorne (Liberty-D15), governor
  • Secretary of Transportation: Sextimus Dalton (Centre-D5), former representative
  • Secretary of Energy: Lynnette Cortez (Liberty-D12), governor
  • Secretary of Homeland Security: Mason Wallace (Liberty-D7), former governor

The single open vacancy, barring any unannounced resignations, is that of Secretary of Defense, being vacated by current Secretary Jonathan Madison, who has been nominated to head the State Department.

ELECTION DAY: Fifth presidential election predicted to be closest in modern history, may result in runoff

Panem is set to vote in its fifth regularly scheduled executive and congressional election cycle, which sees two high profile races for President and Vice President while the left wing of Panem politics is seeking to make a big impact in the House of Representatives this cycle. Also included on the ballot today are multiple districtwide elections that could result in a greater impact.


Here are our predictions for the executive elections this year.


Overall amount of electoral votes: 136 electoral votes

Amount needed to win the election (must have a majority): 69 electoral votes

District 1: 11 electoral votes – Tossup/Tossup 

District 2: 10 electoral votes – Lean Liberty/Tilt Liberty

District 3: 8 electoral votes – Lean Civic/Lean Civic

District 4: 12 electoral votes – Tossup/Tossup

District 5: 3 electoral votes – Tilt Conservative/Tilt Conservative

District 6: 5 electoral votes – Tossup/Tilt Civic

District 7: 7 electoral votes – Tilt Conservative/Tossup

District 8: 10 electoral votes – Tilt Centre/Tilt Centre

District 9: 3 electoral votes – Tilt Liberty/Lean Liberty

District 10: 8 electoral votes – Lean Liberty/Lean Centre

District 11: 8 electoral votes – Lean Conservative/Tossup

District 12: 5 electoral votes – Safe Liberty/Safe Liberty

District 13: 13 electoral votes – Safe Liberty/Safe Liberty

District 14: 20 electoral votes – Safe Liberty/Safe Liberty

District 15: 10 electoral votes – Tossup/Tossup

Capitol: 3 electoral votes – Tossup/Tossup

Overall Safe/Likely:

Mellark – 38, Tarson – 38 (Liberty)

Roydon – 0, Christian – 0 (Centre)

Canstrom – 0, Walters – 0 (Labor)

Newsom – 0, Kennedy – 0 (Civic)

Jones – 0, Sutherland – 0 (Conservative)

With Leans:

Mellark – 56, Tarson – 41 (Liberty)

Newsom – 8, Kennedy – 8 (Civic)

Jones – 8, Sutherland – 0 (Conservative)

Roydon – 0, Christian – 8 (Centre)

Canstrom – 0, Walters – 0 (Labor)

With Tilts:

Mellark – 59, Tarson – 51 (Liberty)

Jones – 18, Sutherland – 3 (Conservative)

Roydon – 10, Christian – 18 (Centre)

Newsom – 8, Kennedy – 13 (Civic)

Canstrom – 0, Walters – 0 (Labor)

TOSSUP (PRESIDENT) – 41

TOSSUP (VP) – 51

 


In the gubernatorial elections, we predict the following:


District 1: Governor Zane Tempore (Liberty) faces a tough national climate and a fierce competition against district senator Shannon Barker (Labor)activist Cooper McPharlin (Conservative), and representative Adrianne Horsfall (Centre).

District 6: Governor Festus Ashland (Liberty) is expected to have a tighter-than-expected race against Centre nominee Rep. Donald Beck, Labor nominee Rep. Haylie Shepard, and Conservative nominee district representative Annise Byrd.

District 7: Governor Mason Wallace (Liberty) is expected to win here despite the national tossup status of his district in the executive elections. He faces Conservative actor Glenn Beckham and Labor district senator Connor Howe.

District 9: Governor Trenton Escavel (Liberty) faces off here against Civic nominee Sawyer Coburn and Labor nominee Rep. Carson Delaney. Due to the left-wing split, it’s expected that Escavel will coast to victory.

District 10: Governor Xavier Hansen (Liberty) faces off against Labor nominee Suzanne Reed and Centre nominee Rep. Dillan Christian, who is the brother of Centre VP nominee Matthias Christian, in a marquee tossup race.

District 11: Governor Vance Fletcher (Liberty) faces serious opposition in former Secretary of Global Development Jack Oliver (Conservative)district representative Ashton North (Labor), district senator David Carson (Centre), and businessman Walter Rigby (Civic) . Due to the high amount of candidates, the race is a true tossup. It is also the only districtwide election in which every party is represented this cycle.


In the Congressional elections, we predict the following:

The composition we expect is 90 seats for the Liberty Party, 52 seats for the Centre Party (making them the official opposition), 20 seats for the Labor Party, 12 seats for the Conservative Party, 6 seats for the Civic Party, and 1 seat for an independent representative that will caucus with the Liberty Party. As of right now, we have no way to predict the outcomes of 34 seats; they are all true tossups. This means that in order for either side to gain power, they will need to secure their majority with the remaining 19 seats. As shown above, Liberty’s amount of seats matches exactly the number of seats of other parties. Liberty must secure 101 seats to have an outright majority, meaning to do so, they will need at least ten tossup seats along with the predicted independent seat. For the opposition to finally become the majority, it is a much more daunting task; it would require the other four parties to coalesce in a grand coalition and then win ten more seats across them. While gaining a majority of seats for the other four parties together is a easier task for them than for the Liberty Party, it’s very unlikely that the Conservatives would ever enter a leadership deal with Labor or Civic. It’s much more likely that Liberty will strike a deal with the Conservatives in order to keep their grasp on power. Our official prediction: Liberty will remain in control through a coalition with the Conservatives and a single independent representative.


Here’s an overview of the main events of President Mellark’s first term and the current election cycle.

  • President Peeta Mellark became the first presidential spouse to be elected president as well as the first senator to ascend to the presidency directly from the upper chamber of Congress.
  • President Mellark and Vice President Rebecca Tarson were swept into office on a massive Liberty Party wave following massive corruption in the Canth administration and Conservative Party.
  • Chief Justice Sean Wheeler announced his retirement and President Mellark nominated Associate Justice Francine Ashland Brewster to serve as the second Chief Justice. She was confirmed by the Senate.
  • To replace Brewster as Associate Justice, President Mellark nominated Governor Cynthia Thompson, who was confirmed by the Senate.
  • President Mellark lays out his 100-day plan, which included measures to expand economic growth, reform Panem education, and protect Panem citizens from the Oceanian Empire.
  • The Labor and Civic Parties formed the Red-Green Coalition in the Panem Congress in order to consolidate the left wing of Panem’s legislators.
  • President Mellark is shot by an assassin in the Capitol, making Vice President Tarson the acting president of Panem. The Oceanian Empire took credit for the attempt on Mellark’s life.
  • Following his recovery, President Mellark returned to active duty as president and formally requested from Congress a declaration of war against the Oceanian Empire. Congress voted to approve the war.
  • An allied coalition conducted a large-scale invasion of Oceania to neuter the OE threat, causing Oceania to suspend foreign relations with Panem.
  • President Mellark’s tax cuts and tax reform plan becomes law, completing a key promise.
  • Press Secretary Polaris Septrix retires and is replaced by Melanie DeFrancis.
  • First Lady Katniss Everdeen gave birth to her first child, Delia.
  • President Mellark made his first foreign trip to wartorn Oceania to visit the troops in the region and to speak with Oceanian officials.
  • Vice President Tarson cast her first tie-breaker vote in the Senate over a bill dealing with a no-fly list. The bill passed 17-16 with Tarson’s vote, and was then signed by the President.
  • Following chief of staff Harold Cersisa’s decision to run for governor of District 4, press secretary Melanie DeFrancis becomes President Mellark’s chief of staff. She is replaced as press secretary by Janet Wesson.
  • Cecelia Paylor declined to run for president again, opening up the Civic primary.
  • Senator Patrick Newsom declared his run for the presidency while former Senator Sadie Myers and Governor Bertram Spellings both declined to run.
  • Former Governor Felicia Ren declined to run for president again, opening the field for the Labor Party.
  • Labor Representative Sylvenia Denton filibustered President Mellark’s education bill in a controversial speech. She then attended a gala days later and spat on President Mellark and First Lady Katniss Everdeen. Denton was later censured for her actions.
  • Former Civic VP nominee Samuel Trenton announced his run for the presidency.
  • British Prime Minister Edith Felton, a Conservative, became the first foreign dignitary to visit the nation of Panem.
  • President Mellark nominated his Solicitor General, Sherri Holmes, to serve on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. She was later confirmed by the Senate. Holmes was replaced by D7 Attorney General Jacqueline Warner.
  • President Mellark and Vice President Tarson jointly announced their runs for reelection.
  • Former Secretaries Joan Kindred and Walter Delta, Senator Iris Canstrom, and controversial Representative Sylvenia Denton all enter the Labor primary for president.
  • Ambassador to the Council of Nations Elizabeth Steinbeck declined another run for president and endorsed President Mellark.
  • The Grecorussian Civil War begins with Greece declaring its independence.
  • Robert F. Maxwell, Kurtis Pierce, and Kaitlyn Jones announce their intention to run for the Conservative nomination for president. Lynn Germaine, Jack Oliver, and Delia Sutherland announced their runs for vice president.
  • Thomas Stemp, Ophelie Murray, and Teraton Wendle all announced their runs for the Labor VP nomination.
  • Malcolm Lowell, an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, dies aged 83. President Mellark first offers the nomination to Solicitor General Jacqueline Warner, who declines. The President then nominates Alexandra West, the attorney general, who is then confirmed by the Senate.
  • Alexandra West is replaced as Attorney General by Senator Calvin Wilkie, who is also approved by the Senate. Governor Mason Wallace of District 7 then appoints Solicitor General Jacqueline Warner to the Senate.
  • Former Attorney General Karina Erickson, after much lobbying, accepts the President’s nomination to serve as Solicitor General. She is approved by the Senate.
  • Grecorussian nuclear weapons are reported missing. This prompts President Mellark to seek permission from Congress to intervene in Greece, which Congress approves.
  • Senator Julie Roydon announces her run for the Centre Party nomination for president. Roydon became the presumptive nominee as she remained unopposed.
  • Greek rebels threaten the Grecorussian Empire with “nuclear destruction”.
  • The first day of Panem’s involvement in Greece leaves 23 Panem soldiers dead.
  • Antonin Dupond becomes the next president of France in a tight election.
  • The Civic presidential debate sets a record for primary debate viewership.
  • A spat between Robert F. Maxwell and Kurtis Pierce causes the cancellation of the sole Conservative presidential debate. In response, former Governor Kaitlyn Jones skyrockets in popularity following her successful interview in place of the debate.
  • President Mellark announces the withdrawal of troops from Greece following the retrieval of lost nuclear weapons.
  • The primaries of the Labor, Civic, and Conservative Parties occur, resulting in the nomination of Iris Canstrom for president for the Labor Party, Patrick Newsom for president for the Civic Party, Kaitlyn Jones for president for the Conservative Party, and Delia Sutherland for vice president for the Conservative Party. The Labor nomination for vice president is inconclusive and is determined to go to an unbound balloting process at the Labor National Convention.
  • Centre nominee Julie Roydon announces D10 Representative Matthias Christian as her vice presidential running mate. The two are nominated at the Centre National Convention.
  • Conservative nominee Kaitlyn Jones declined the endorsements of former President Rick Canth and previous VP nominee Jackson Canth and declared them to be “persona non grata” in the Conservative Party.
  • President Mellark and Vice President Tarson are nominated for a second term at the Liberty National Convention.
  • Senator Iris Canstrom officially becomes the Labor nominee for president while Senator Jace Walters becomes the surprise nominee for vice president after multiple rounds of balloting.
  • Civic nominee Patrick Newsom selects Senator Quentin Kennedy as his vice presidential running mate. The pair are nominated at the Civic National Convention.
  • Former governor Kaitlyn Jones and former secretary Delia Sutherland are officially nominated as the executive candidate ticket of the Conservative Party at the Conservative National Convention.
  • President Mellark and Vice President Tarson suspend campaigning to deal with Hurricane Amelia, the most catastrophic natural disaster to affect Panem in a century. An aid package is approved for affected areas.
  • The vice presidential debate was ruled to be a win for Vice President Tarson and Centre nominee Matthias Christian.
  • The presidential debate was a landslide win for President Mellark, with Centre nominee Julie Roydon and Conservative nominee Kaitlyn Jones also scoring high marks.
  • Former independent VP candidate and political pundit Pauline Crystal decides to endorse President Mellark and Vice President Tarson for a second term.

UPDATE: We have our first results of the night.

In the gubernatorial races, we can announce the following:

  • D1: With 34 percent in, Governor Zane Tempore is in third place behind Conservative activist Cooper McPharlin, who is in first, and Centre representative Adrianne Horsfall, who is in second. It is highly likely that this governorship will once again flip this cycle.
  • D6: Governor Festus Ashland is currently leading the field with 39 percent of the vote in, with Centre nominee Donald Beck close behind.
  • D7: Despite what was predicted, this election has officially become too close to call with 40 percent of the vote in. Governor Mason Wallace is currently leading Conservative actor Glenn Beckham by only half of a percentage point.
  • D9: Governor Trenton Escavel has been reelected what is predicted to be a twenty-point margin. Final margin was 51 percent Escavel, 25 percent Delaney, and 24 percent Coburn.
  • D10: Though this race was expected to be competitive, it appears that Governor Xavier Hansen will be looking for a new job in January as Representative Dillan Christian, the brother of Centre VP nominee Matthias Christian, has been elected governor. He is predicted to defeat Hansen by approximately four percentage points. Final margin was 39 percent Christian, 35 percent Hansen, and 26 percent Reed.
  • D11: In the most competitive race of the night, Centre nominee David Carson barely leads the field, with Governor Vance Fletcher right behind him.

We are not ready to project the House yet.

UPDATE 2: We can now project further gubernatorial races.

  • D1: Governor Zane Tempore will be replaced by Conservative activist Cooper McPharlin in January. Final margin was 40 percent McPharlin, 36 percent Horsfall, and 24 percent Tempore. Centre nominee Horsfall, however, will return to the House due to her reelection. 
  • D6: Centre Representative Donald Beck has been elected governor in a squeaker over Governor Festus Ashland. Final margin was 29 percent Beck, 28 percent Ashland, 23 percent Byrd, and 20 percent Shepard.
  • D7: In an upset, Conservative actor Glenn Beckham has been elected governor over incumbent Mason Wallace. Final margin was 43 percent Beckham, 42 percent Wallace, and 15 percent Howe.
  • D11: Despite the competitiveness of the district, Governor Vance Fletcher beats the odds to remain governor of District 11. The final margin was 23 percent Fletcher, 22.5 percent Carson, 21.5 percent Oliver, 20 percent Rigby, and 13 percent North.

This brings the composition of governors to 11 Liberty governors, 2 Centre governors, and 2 Conservative governors.

The current House seat count lies at 91 Liberty, 52 Centre, 18 Labor, 6 Civic, 14 Conservative, 1 Independent, and 18 seats that are too close to call.

We can now begin our coverage of the presidential and VP elections.


Overall amount of electoral votes: 136 electoral votes

Amount needed to win the election (must have a majority): 69 electoral votes

District 1: 11 electoral votes – Too close to call (32% Mellark, 31% Roydon, 27% Jones, 5% Canstrom, 5% Newsom), Too close to call (34% Tarson, 33% Sutherland, 27% Christian, 4% Walters, 2% Kennedy)

District 2: 10 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 36%. Too close to call (31% Tarson, 29% Sutherland, 28% Christian, 8% Kennedy, 4% Walters)

District 3: 8 electoral votes – Newsom carries with 39%. Kennedy carries with 34%.

District 4: 12 electoral votes – Too close to call (24% Mellark, 24% Roydon, 23% Jones, 17% Canstrom, 13% Newsom), Too close to call (25% Tarson, 25% Christian, 25% Jones, 15% Walters, 10% Kennedy)

District 5: 3 electoral votes – Jones carries with 32%Sutherland carries with 33%.

District 6: 5 electoral votes – Too close to call (28% Jones, 26% Mellark, 26% Roydon, 12% Newsom, 8% Canstrom), Too close to call (27% Christian, 27% Tarson, 25% Sutherland, 15% Kennedy, 6% Walters)

District 7: 7 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 8: 10 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 9: 3 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 10: 8 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 11: 8 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 12: 5 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 13: 13 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 14: 20 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 15: 10 electoral votes – Too early to call.

Capitol: 3 electoral votes – Too early to call.

Current presidential EV tallies:

Peeta Mellark (Liberty) – 10 EVs

Patrick Newsom (Civic) – 8 EVs

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative) – 3 EVs

Iris Canstrom (Labor) – 0 EVs

Julie Roydon (Centre) – 0 EVs

Current vice presidential EV tallies:

Quentin Kennedy (Civic) – 8 EVs

Delia Sutherland (Conservative) – 3 EVs

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty) – 0 EVs

Jace Walters (Labor) – 0 EVs

Matthias Christian (Centre) – 0 EVs

UPDATE 3: We can now call more districts in the executive elections.

Overall amount of electoral votes: 136 electoral votes

Amount needed to win the election (must have a majority): 69 electoral votes

District 1: 11 electoral votes – Jones carries with 33%, Sutherland carries with 32%.

District 2: 10 electoral votes – Sutherland carries with 31%.

District 4: 12 electoral votes – Too close to call (24% Mellark, 24% Roydon, 23% Jones, 15% Canstrom, 15% Newsom), Too close to call (26% Tarson, 25% Christian, 25% Jones, 14% Walters, 10% Kennedy)

District 6: 5 electoral votes – Jones carries with 29%. Christian carries with 26%.

District 7: 7 electoral votes – Jones carries with 30%Sutherland carries with 29%

District 8: 10 electoral votes – Roydon carries with 30%. Christian carries with 29%.

District 9: 3 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 37%. Tarson carries with 34%.

District 10: 8 electoral votes – Roydon carries with 29%. Christian carries with 34%.

District 11: 8 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 12: 5 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 13: 13 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 14: 20 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 15: 10 electoral votes – Too early to call.

Capitol: 3 electoral votes – Too early to call.

Current presidential EV tallies:

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative) – 26 EVs

Julie Roydon (Centre) – 18 EVs

Peeta Mellark (Liberty) – 13 EVs

Patrick Newsom (Civic) – 8 EVs

Iris Canstrom (Labor) – 0 EVs

Current vice presidential EV tallies:

Delia Sutherland (Conservative) – 31 EVs

Matthias Christian (Centre) – 23 EVs

Quentin Kennedy (Civic) – 8 EVs

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty) – 3 EVs

Jace Walters (Labor) – 0 EVs

We also have an update on the House elections. The composition of the House is now 94 Liberty, 54 Centre, 23 Conservative, 18 Labor, 6 Civic, 1 Independent, and 4 seats that are too close to call. We can now project that the Liberty Party will remain the largest party in the House, but will not be able to form an outright majority.

UPDATE 4: We can now call more districts in the executive elections.

Overall amount of electoral votes: 136 electoral votes

Amount needed to win the election (must have a majority): 69 electoral votes

District 4: 12 electoral votes – Jones carries with 26%, Tarson carries with 26%. 

District 11: 8 electoral votes – Jones carries with 38%, Tarson carries with 34%.

District 12: 5 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 79%, Tarson carries with 78%.

District 13: 13 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 45%, Tarson carries with 40%.

District 14: 20 electoral votes – Too early to call.

District 15: 10 electoral votes – Too early to call.

Capitol: 3 electoral votes – Too early to call.

Current presidential EV tallies:

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative) – 46 EVs

Peeta Mellark (Liberty) – 31 EVs

Julie Roydon (Centre) – 18 EVs

Patrick Newsom (Civic) – 8 EVs

Iris Canstrom (Labor) – 0 EVs

Current vice presidential EV tallies:

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty) – 41 EVs

Delia Sutherland (Conservative) – 31 EVs

Matthias Christian (Centre) – 23 EVs

Quentin Kennedy (Civic) – 8 EVs

Jace Walters (Labor) – 0 EVs

We also have a final update on the House elections. The composition of the House will be 96 Liberty, 54 Centre, 25 Conservative, 18 Labor, 6 Civic, and 1 Independent who will caucus with Liberty. This means that it will be up to Constantin Richelieu and his leadership team to come to an agreement with the Conservatives in order to govern. Otherwise, Liberty will be governing in a plurality where they will need to continuously pick off other party’s members to get legislation passed. Kari Lyles has expressed interest in governing with Liberty, however, on the condition that the two parties enter a deal that spreads power equally.

UPDATE 5: We can now call more districts in the executive elections.

Overall amount of electoral votes: 136 electoral votes

Amount needed to win the election (must have a majority): 69 electoral votes

District 14: 20 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 46%, Tarson carries with 44%.

District 15: 10 electoral votes – Roydon carries with 36%, Christian carries with 35%.

Capitol: 3 electoral votes – Roydon carries with 30%, Christian carries with 29%.

Current presidential EV tallies:

Peeta Mellark (Liberty) – 51 EVs, 34.23% PV

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative) – 46 EVs, 29.55% PV

Julie Roydon (Centre) – 31 EVs, 20.02% PV

Patrick Newsom (Civic) – 8 EVs, 9.34% PV

Iris Canstrom (Labor) – 0 EVs, 6.86% PV

Current vice presidential EV tallies:

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty) – 61 EVs, 36.00% PV

Matthias Christian (Centre) – 36 EVs, 25.96% PV

Delia Sutherland (Conservative) – 31 EVs, 21.20% PV

Quentin Kennedy (Civic) – 8 EVs, 9.89% PV

Jace Walters (Labor) – 0 EVs, 6.95% PV

We can now officially say that both the presidential and vice presidential elections will be heading to a runoff. Next month, President Peeta Mellark will face off against former Governor Kaitlyn Jones for the presidency. Meanwhile, Vice President Rebecca Tarson will face off against Representative Matthias Christian for the vice presidency. 

ANALYSIS: Tonight was undoubtedly a blow for the Liberty Party. While they certainly gained momentum in the last weeks of the campaign, the President and Vice President couldn’t seal the deal outright and will campaign another month for the runoff election. It’s anyone’s guess how those elections will go; runoffs have never occurred before in a general election scenario, and it’s likely that it will be low turnout. It all depends on who shows up.

Meanwhile, Liberty suffered greatly down the ballot. Out of six districtwide elections, Liberty won two, the Conservatives gained two seats, and Centre picked up two seats. This is a massive electoral shift for the nation as four of the fifteen districts just moved away from Liberty governance. That makes a third of governors that now belong to a party other than Liberty, the highest in a very long time. And then comes the House of Representatives, where Liberty lost their majority today. While it appears that they will still be able to govern, it’s telling that the largest gains came for the Centre and Conservative Parties. The Conservatives now are able to serve as kingmakers, increasing their power after being forced into isolation last election.

UPDATE 5: Senator Patrick Newsom and Senator Iris Canstrom both conceded the election with their running mates.

“While this certainly is not the result we hoped for, we still have hope tonight for the nation of Panem. Nothing has changed about our people, about our resiliency, and our passion for justice and equality. In the coming days, we as leaders will make a decision on who we will support in this runoff. While we won’t be announcing tonight if we will make a public endorsement, you will all be the first to know if we do decide to do so. We congratulate President Mellark, Governor Jones, Vice President Tarson, and Representative Christian on a hard fought race and congratulate them on their advancement to the next round.” — Senator Patrick Newsom (Civic-D3) and Senator Quentin Kennedy (Civic-D6)

“It is our hope for Panem that each of you decides to keep making progress. We didn’t win tonight. That is true. However, that doesn’t mean that we stop pursuing our ideal nation. Each of us still has a chance to make an impact. We congratulate the President, the Vice President, Representative Christian, and Governor Jones on their wins tonight. We look forward to a competitive and productive runoff election that will properly suit the people of Panem.” — Senator Iris Canstrom (Labor-D9) and Senator Jace Walters (Labor-D10)

President Mellark and Vice President Tarson spoke at their victory rally in District 12:

“This is undoubtedly an exciting night. While we didn’t win outright, that doesn’t mean that we’ve lost. It means that we get yet another chance to bring our message to the citizens of Panem, to show that Liberty policies work for each of you, and that we are the best candidates for our jobs. It’s not over yet, my friends. The journey has scarcely begun. Let’s travel this path back to the White House together and continue making our nation great.” — President Peeta Mellark and Vice President Rebecca Tarson (both Liberty-D12)

Governor Jones and Representative Christian spoke at their victory rallies:

“What an amazing night this has been! I’m honored for each vote I have received and the chance to compete for so many more. When we began this campaign, the pundits announced that no Conservative candidate would ever be near the presidency for decades. They even said that Conservative candidates for Congress and for governorships stood no chance because of the scandals that we have endured! Let me announce something tonight: the reports of the Conservative Party’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Tonight, we saw twenty-five Conservative representatives sent to Congress and two new Conservative governors and lieutenant governors. And of course, I have been given the chance to go to the runoff for president of the Republic of Panem. Our momentum is only beginning.” — former Governor Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative-D11)

“Who would have thought that I would be standing here tonight? I would like to thank my wife, my children, and Senator Roydon for this incredible experience. I could not have done this without each and every one of you, and each and every voter that went out and voted for me. It is time that we return accountability to our government, and that is why each of us needs to head back to the ballot box in a month to ensure that we do just that. We have been given a unique chance to reform our government. Let’s not waste it.” — Representative Matthias Christian (Centre-D10)

Both Senator Roydon and Secretary Sutherland conceded over phone and spoke to a small gathering that did not include press coverage.

 

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.

NATIONAL:

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

DISTRICT ONE (11 EVs):

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

DISTRICT TWO (10 EVs):

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

DISTRICT THREE (8 EVs):

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

DISTRICT FOUR (12 EVs):

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

DISTRICT FIVE (3 EVs):

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

DISTRICT SIX (5 EVs):

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

DISTRICT SEVEN (7 EVs):

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

DISTRICT EIGHT (10 EVs):

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

DISTRICT NINE (3 EVs):

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

DISTRICT TEN (8 EVs):

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

DISTRICT ELEVEN (8 EVs):

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

DISTRICT TWELVE (4 EVs):

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

DISTRICT THIRTEEN (13 EVs):

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

DISTRICT FOURTEEN (20 EVs):

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

DISTRICT FIFTEEN (10 EVs):

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

THE CAPITOL (3 EVs):

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:


PRESIDENT:

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)

VICE PRESIDENT:

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.

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:

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:

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)

FLASHPOLLING:

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.

January 1: Congress, districtwide offices inaugurated

Today, nine new Senators were inaugurated alongside four new chief executives and two new lieutenant governors. senate-inaugurationLikewise, many new representatives have been inaugurated as well. This is all due to the fifth midterm elections that were held back in November that swept these new officials into their positions.

Nine new Senators were inaugurated (in alphabetical order):

Wesley Benson (Liberty-Capitol), freshman class president
Jacob Ellsworth (Liberty-D3), freshman class vice president
Joseph Garrett (Centre-D15)
Clarke Randall (Centre-D9)
Lindsey Richards (Labor-D10)
Julie Roydon (Centre-Capitol)
Owen Talton (Liberty-D13)
Antonio Wallace (Liberty-D4)
Cedric Wallace (Labor-D8)

In the House, twenty-nine new representatives were inaugurated, nine of which were from seats that flipped parties.

In the districts, three new governors and a chief executive were inaugurated:

Celeste Armstrong (Liberty-Capitol)
Harold Cersisa (Liberty-D4)
Layla Folsom (Liberty-D8)
Serena Ross (Liberty-D5)

Also inaugurated were two lieutenant governors:

Todd Layton (Liberty-D5)
Ethan McCoy (Liberty-D8)