With Mellark, Summerfield, Oppenheim, and Oswald, Liberty comes back from the brink

In November, the Liberty Party headquarters was buzzing with activity. It was election day, and not one person on staff had a clue of how that night would go; all they knew is that they were desperately attempting to avoid an embarrassing first-round result in the face of Panem’s first runoff elections that would be inevitably held in December. Katniss Everdeen, then chair of the Liberty National Committee while serving as wife to the President, closely watched the screen as the results from the districts poured in.

The final three districts were called around two o’clock in the morning. Peeta Mellark and Rebecca Tarson won District 14 to no one’s surprise, while Julie Roydon and Matthias Christian of the Centre Party scored wins in District 15 and the Capitol. Everdeen grimaced at the Centre Party wins, which further cemented the fact that the party had suffered massive electoral blows that day. The Liberty ticket would be heading to a runoff; these wins simply determined their opponents.

Everdeen called her staff together to discuss the next course of action. The LibNC was prepared for a runoff as it was considered a fairly likely scenario in the last few weeks due to the tightening polls. Everdeen promptly put that plan into action before the President and Vice President spoke that night, intending to preempt the Jones and Christian campaigns.

In December, the plan barely worked. While Mellark and Tarson were reelected to a second term, Mellark barely won in a squeaker, and Tarson won due to the popular vote percentage in the scenario of an unlikely electoral tie. The two were sworn in on January 1st along with Congress, bringing a prompt reminder that Liberty was at its lowest point in years. The party had lost a majority in the House and was forced to seek a governing coalition with the Conservatives, something that appeared easy but in actuality was quite difficult to negotiate. Upon the inauguration of Mellark and Tarson to a second term, Everdeen presented her husband with her resignation as chair of the LibNC. She personally felt responsible for the severe losses incurred during the election cycle, and she felt that it was time for a change.

Following Everdeen’s resignation, the gears began to turn in the Capitol. The Liberty Party began to move in a new direction, rejecting the party’s previous image and qualities and reshaping into a more modern and competitive party.

After Everdeen, Mellark chose his Secretary of State, Celine Oswald, to lead the party’s top committee. Oswald had already notified the President she would not return as the top diplomat, but Mellark’s offer to chair the party intrigued the political heavyweight. While never a perfect campaigner, Oswald is undoubtedly skilled with political strategy and diplomacy, making her an ideal fit. This move was the first major move to reshape the party, as Oswald immediately scrapped the plans of Everdeen’s administration of the committee in favor of newer plans to rebrand Liberty as a party that was forward-thinking and representative of the common man.

Then came the changes in the House of Representatives. Constantin Richelieu triggered what may have been a generational change in Panem politics with his resignation as Speaker, causing a leadership election between majority leader Miranda O’Neal and young upstart Wes Summerfield. Despite the entrenched O’Neal being considered essentially Speaker-in-waiting, Summerfield convinced the members of the Liberty caucus that the way forward for their party was not through a rehashing of the same type of politics. Summerfield insisted to his colleagues that Richelieu and O’Neal were exactly what caused a crisis of confidence with Liberty and swing voters in the past election cycle and pledged to set forth a new agenda to determine exactly how to regain the party’s lost majority. Until then, he informed the members, he would seek a governing majority with the Conservatives that was stronger and more solvent than Richelieu’s failed coalition was. He accomplished this through providing the majority whip position to the Conservative leader, Kari Lyles, and through higher committee assignments for the Conservative members of the coalition. While the deal was not what many wished for, it certainly has ensured a working majority; Richelieu never achieved such a majority, which was the cause of his resignation.

The Senate changes came last and were deeply planned between Stonehaven and the Senate leadership. Michael Debroff, the majority leader, had already been planning his retirement from politics due to an illustrious career that spanned decades. His retirement was destined to trigger a competitive open election during the midterms that could have resulted in a gain for the Centre or Conservative Parties if the conditions were right. Furthermore, it would have caused a major Senate leadership shakeup right after the midterm elections. Instead of postponing the inevitable Senate leadership battle and to ensure that Liberty had the upper hand in the election for Debroff’s seat, Mellark decided to move Debroff to his Cabinet to the open position at the Department of International Trade. Debroff’s Senate credentials would provide no issue on his confirmation, and it would be the pinnacle of the senator’s lengthy career. It also provided a chance to keep the seat; Oswald cheered when the decision was made as the incumbency of Debroff’s replacement was sure to help in keeping the seat in a special election and in the midterms.

However, the vacancy for majority leader in the Senate caused an internal rift, which was beginning to seem fairly common for the Liberty Party in this era. Wendy Oppenheim stepped up almost immediately to run for the position, but Wesley Benson made it clear that he had intentions of governing the Senate. The two had been whipping votes in preparation for Debroff’s expected retirement, but following his ascension to the Cabinet, the whipping only intensified. The rift grew wider, and allies of Oppenheim and Benson quickly recognized the damage that the two could cause by being at odds with each other. As such, the two sides brokered an agreement; the two would essentially co-govern the Senate with Oppenheim as the official leader, while Benson would select nearly all of the remaining leadership.

Oswald and Mellark felt a sense of accomplishment in the new leadership. It was no secret that Mellark’s relationship with Richelieu was always cordial at best and that the former was always discontent with the lack of energy and the complacency of the old guard. By reforming the leadership in the legislative branch, the pair of political pros essentially cleared the path for a pro-Mellark Congressional agenda. Oswald was particularly pleased with the response that she was seeing from the polls taken following the changes. Overwhelmingly the Liberty Party electorate was pleased with the new leadership and with the Mellark administration’s agenda. The President’s approval ratings rose from a paltry 43 percent on inauguration day to 58 percent following the passage and signing of the ethics legislation that he championed. The generic congressional ballots indicated that voters were trending towards Liberty in the midterms, rather than away, for the first time in four years. In addition to these short term successes, Oswald also saw a future for the party past Mellark. The ever-consistent talk of the next executive elections now featured names that were not simply old news; voters were becoming accustomed to Wes Summerfield, Jacqueline Warner, Jacob Ellsworth, and Celeste Armstrong. For once, the Liberty Party didn’t seem to be in decline.

Will the party remain that way? There’s certainly no way to predict the fortunes of a political party. Future missteps could endanger the Liberty Party further, but at the current moment, the party seems well positioned for the upcoming midterms. It’s clear to see that the rebranding of the party has worked masterfully; the voters believe the changes are real and palpable, and certainly a new leadership of the party has emerged at the behest of Mellark and Oswald. While the old guard was clearly successful in its day, that day has passed and the voters responded as such. With the new, young leadership of the party, voters seem to be willing to give Liberty a second chance- one that, if capitalized on correctly, will restore their majority in the House and ensure that the next election will be Liberty’s to lose, regardless of who runs.

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A New Generation of Panem Politicians Emerges

Over the last two years, Panem’s political landscape experienced a massive changing of the guard. The first phase began with the midterm elections during President Peeta Mellark’s first term. The second phase was the presidential and vice presidential elections a few months ago. Phase three, however, is still underway.

Voters for nearly fifteen years became accustomed to seeing the same faces over and over again. The first regularly held presidential election featured three of Panem’s political giants: then-President Cecelia Paylor; then-Governor of District 13 Celine Oswald; and of course, future President Katniss Everdeen, who would go on to win that election. These three women have been at the forefront of Panem’s political scene since Panem’s democratic journey began twenty-six years ago. Paylor served as President, Attorney General, Secretary of Intelligence, National Security Advisor, and the Civic Party’s nominee for president in three presidential elections. Oswald served many years as Secretary of State under three presidents, as Vice President under Everdeen, and was the Liberty Party’s nominee for president. She now will serve as the Chair of the Liberty National Committee. Everdeen also has a long resume as well; she was a war hero prior to the election, served two terms as Panem’s president, served as Secretary-General of the Council of Nations, was Chair of the Liberty National Committee, and now serves as First Lady of Panem.

Of these three, only two remain in the public eye. Even then, they are taking a backseat in electoral politics and governance of the nation. The same fate has occurred with many electoral and appointed staples of Panem’s government: Haymitch Abernathy, Rick Canth, Walter Delta, Felicia Ren, Samuel Trenton, Kurtis Pierce, Thomas Stemp, Ophelie Murray, Walter Singleton, and others. Instead, Panem is beginning to see the start of a new generation of leaders.

This started in all honesty during the midterm election of President Mellark’s first term. President Mellark and Vice President Tarson brought about the very beginning of this changing of the guard when they bested political giants like Jonathan Madison, Celine Oswald, and others for their party’s nominations for President and Vice President.

Their rise was unexpected, and despite Peeta Mellark being a well-known figure in Panem, his electoral status was brand-new, just like his running mate. The midterms built on this; it introduced new figures, some of which have gone on to revolutionize the political scene. The Liberty Party gained new faces, or at least propelled some to prominence, like Senator Jacob Ellsworth (D3), Senator Antonio Wallace (D4), Governor Serena Ross (D5), Governor Layla Folsom (D8), and Senator Wesley Benson (Capitol). In the Labor Party, Senators Cedric Wallace (D8) and Lindsey Richards (D10) emerged, and for the first time, Centre Party members were elected to the Senate with Senators Julie Roydon (Capitol), Joseph Garrett (D15), and Clarke Randall (D9).

This movement only escalated as the race to occupy Stonehaven accelerated. Clear choices were made by the electorate during the primary contests of each party, each time deciding to usher in a new era of politicians as the nominees of the three opposition parties that had previously contested elections. Instead of rehashing their losses, Felicia Ren and Cecelia Paylor stepped aside to allow the Labor and Civic Parties to choose new nominees. Rather than nominate a former VP nominee or former contenders in past elections, such as Samuel Trenton, Kurtis Pierce, Walter Delta, or Robert F. Maxwell, voters decided candidates like Kaitlyn Jones, Iris Canstrom, and Patrick Newsom were far more appealing. The same applied to the vice presidential elections; instead of selecting Thomas Stemp, Lynn Germaine, or Ophelie Murray, we saw the rise of candidates like Delia Sutherland or Teraton Wendle. (Wendle did not win his nomination, however, as we will note in the next paragraph.)

The conventions wrapped up the second phase, cementing the elevation of this newer generation. The Liberty National Convention specifically put their rising stars in the spotlight; Rosalie and Valère Descoteaux, Jacob Ellsworth, Wesley Benson, and Jacqueline Warner skyrocketed to the peak of national prominence due to their addresses at the convention. Labor’s convention chose a different route; specifically, the convention pushed Senator Jace Walters (D10) to the forefront of the political scene as the party’s VP nominee. Civic and Centre threw two new faces into the spotlight with their VP nominations: Senator Quentin Kennedy (D6) and Representative Matthias Christian (D10). 

The third phase began on election day this past November, and it encompasses the vast majority of what changes have occurred. First, the Conservative and Centre Parties received new leaders in Governors Cooper McPharlin (Conservative-D1), Donald Beck (Centre-D6), Glenn Beckham (Conservative-D7), and Dillan Christian (Centre-D10). The Centre and Conservative Parties expanded their ranks in the House, resulting in a House with no majority. Second, President Mellark and Vice President Tarson were reelected, and upon that note, key figures began retirement. The result of these retirements has been the elevation of fresh faces. Senator Valère Descoteaux became Secretary of Defense; Governor Lynnette Cortez became Secretary of Energy; Governor Mason Wallace was elevated to Secretary of Homeland Security; former D5 Lieutenant Governor Sextimus Dalton became the Secretary of Transportation. As such, these ascensions to the Cabinet have resulted in Governors Harriet Myers (D12), Marshall Risinger (D15), and Senator Nicolette Lémieux (D14). These sorts of changes have continued with the workings of the second Mellark government. With the rise of Panem’s space program, we have seen the prominence of Lucille Tallow, who previously was a backbench Conservative representative.

Most of all, we have seen such changes as when the leadership in the House of Representatives collapsed. Constantin Richelieu resigned as Speaker, resulting in a race for his position that was a clear choice between the old and the new. Majority Leader Miranda O’Neal faced off against firebrand backbencher Wes Summerfield for Richelieu’s spot, resulting in a choice of the new over the old, with Summerfield now one of the most prominent Liberty politicians in Panem. He is also flanked by the newly-minted Majority Leader Brooklyn Howard, who succeeded O’Neal after she declined to run after her defeat for the Speakership.

These new faces are the faces we will see for the next fifteen years, ladies and gentlemen. The era of Oswald and Paylor is effectively over. Undoubtedly that era’s impact will be felt for as long as this nation stands; however, Panem has entered what can only be construed as a brand-new era. Liberty is not solely dominating Panem politics any longer. The building of our new democracy and its traditions has been completed over the last quarter of a century. It’s now time to consider where this country will go from here, and who from this new generation will lead it after President Mellark leaves office. Will Wes Summerfield or Cooper McPharlin be the next President of Panem? Will Kaitlyn Jones and Patrick Newsom run again or find another way to impact Panem politics? These are the questions that we must ask now. It’s time to consider them.

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.

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)

RUNOFFS: First executive election runoffs to pit Mellark/Tarson against Jones and Christian

It’s been a month since the general election in which President Peeta Mellark and Vice President Rebecca Tarson were forced into runoffs with former Governor Kaitlyn Jones of the Conservative Party and Representative Matthias Christian of the Centre Party, respectively.

In order to win the election, a candidate must win 69 electoral votes. Should each candidate tie at 68 electoral votes, the popular vote winner will be the victor.

Below are our predictions of the districts.

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 – Lean Jones/Lean Tarson

District 2: 10 electoral votes – Likely Mellark/Likely Tarson

District 3: 8 electoral votes – Tossup/Tossup

District 4: 12 electoral votes – Tossup/Tossup

District 5: 3 electoral votes – Tilt Jones/Likely Tarson

District 6: 5 electoral votes – Tossup/Tilt Christian

District 7: 7 electoral votes – Tossup/Tilt Tarson

District 8: 10 electoral votes – Lean Mellark/Tilt Christian

District 9: 3 electoral votes – Likely Mellark/Lean Tarson

District 10: 8 electoral votes – Lean Mellark/Safe Christian

District 11: 8 electoral votes – Safe Jones/Tossup

District 12: 5 electoral votes – Safe Mellark/Safe Tarson

District 13: 13 electoral votes – Safe Mellark/Safe Tarson

District 14: 20 electoral votes – Safe Mellark/Safe Tarson

District 15: 10 electoral votes – Tilt Jones/Lean Christian

Capitol: 3 electoral votes – Tilt Jones/Lean Christian

Overall Safe/Likely:

Mellark – 51 (Liberty), Jones – 8 (Conservative)

Tarson – 51 (Liberty), Christian – 8 (Centre)

With Leans:

Mellark – 69 (Liberty), Jones – 19 (Conservative)

Tarson – 65 (Liberty), Christian – 18 (Centre)

With Tilts:

Mellark – 69 (Liberty), Jones – 32 (Conservative)

Tarson – 72 (Liberty), Christian – 36 (Centre)

TOSSUP (PRESIDENT) – 35

TOSSUP (VP) – 28

If our predictions hold correct, President Mellark and Vice President Tarson should be able to win reelection tonight without having to win a single tossup district.

UPDATE 1: We can now make our first calls.

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 56%. Too close to call (Tarson 52%, Christian 48%)

District 2: 10 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 60%. Tarson carries with 56%.

District 3: 8 electoral votes – Too close to call (Jones 51%, Mellark 49%), Christian carries with 59%.

District 4: 12 electoral votes – Too close to call (Jones 52%, Mellark 48%), Too close to call (Christian 50%, Tarson 50%)

District 5: 3 electoral votes – Jones carries with 54%. Too close to call (Tarson 53%, Christian 47%)

District 6: 5 electoral votes – Too close to call (50.5% Jones, 49.5% Mellark), Christian carries with 55%.

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:

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative) – 14 EVs

Peeta Mellark (Liberty) – 10 EVs

 

Current vice presidential EV tallies:

 

Matthias Christian (Centre) – 13 EVs

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty) – 10 EVs


UPDATE 2: We can now call more districts.

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 (Tarson 50.3%, Christian 49.7%)

District 3: 8 electoral votes – Jones carries with 54%.

District 4: 12 electoral votes – Too close to call (Jones 51%, Mellark 49%), Too close to call (Christian 52%, Tarson 48%)

District 5: 3 electoral votes – Christian carries with 51%.

District 6: 5 electoral votes – Too close to call (52% Jones, 48% Mellark)

District 7: 7 electoral votes – Too close to call (53% Jones, 47% Mellark), Tarson carries with 54%.

District 8: 10 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 53%, Too close to call (Christian 51%, Tarson 49%)

District 9: 3 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 61%, Tarson carries with 55%.

District 10: 8 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 56%, Christian carries with 65%.

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) – 31 EVs

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative) – 22 EVs

Current vice presidential EV tallies:

Matthias Christian (Centre) – 24 EVs

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty) – 20 EVs


UPDATE 3: We can now call more districts.

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 (Tarson 50.3%, Christian 49.7%)

District 4: 12 electoral votes – Jones carries with 51.4%, Christian carries with 52.3%.

District 6: 5 electoral votes – Jones carries with 51%.

District 7: 7 electoral votes – Jones carries with 54%.

District 8: 10 electoral votes – Too close to call (Christian 50.8%, Tarson 49.2%)

District 11: 8 electoral votes – Jones carries with 81%, Too close to call (Tarson 52%, Christian 48%)

District 12: 5 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 94%, Tarson carries with 94%.

District 13: 13 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 60%, Tarson carries with 63%.

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) – 54 EVs

Peeta Mellark (Liberty) – 49 EVs

Current vice presidential EV tallies:

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty) – 38 EVs

Matthias Christian (Centre) – 36 EVs


UPDATE 4: We can now call more districts.

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 – Christian carries with 50.4%.

District 8: 10 electoral votes – Tarson carries with 50.7%.

District 11: 8 electoral votes – Too close to call (Christian 50.3%, Tarson 49.7%)

District 14: 20 electoral votes – Mellark carries with 64%, Tarson carries with 60%.

District 15: 10 electoral votes – Jones carries with 56%, Christian carries with 59%.

Capitol: 3 electoral votes – Jones carries with 55%, Christian carries with 61%.

We can now call the presidential runoff election for Peeta Mellark. President Mellark has been re-elected, albeit narrowly, to a second term over former Governor Kaitlyn Jones of District 11.

Meanwhile, in the vice presidential runoff election, a make-or-break moment has emerged for both candidates. If Tarson wins District 11 as we predicted her to, Tarson will officially win reelection. If Christian manages to upset Tarson- which is a very real possibility- then it will come down to the popular vote winner.

Current presidential EV tallies:

Peeta Mellark (Liberty) – 69 EVs

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative) – 67 EVs

Current vice presidential EV tallies:

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty) – 68 EVs

Matthias Christian (Centre) – 60 EVs


UPDATE 5: We can now officially call District 11 and report final popular votes, and thus the vice presidential election.

Overall amount of electoral votes: 136 electoral votes

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

District 11: 8 electoral votes – Christian carries with 50.1%.

The electoral college officially ties with Matthias Christian’s win in District 11. In accordance with the Second Amendment to the Panem Constitution, the winner of the election is whichever candidate wins the popular vote. This means we can officially call the vice presidential runoff election for Rebecca Tarson. Vice President Rebecca Tarson has been reelected to a second term in an election that even beat out President Mellark’s extremely narrow win tonight in terms of closeness.

Current presidential EV tallies:

Peeta Mellark (Liberty) – 69 EVs, 52.02% PV ✓

Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative) – 67 EVs, 47.98% PV

Current vice presidential EV tallies:

Rebecca Tarson (Liberty) – 68 EVs, 51.58% PV ✓

Matthias Christian (Centre) – 68 EVs, 48.42% PV


ANALYSIS: What an incredibly close set of races. It’s certainly indicative of just how antagonistic this political climate is against the Liberty Party; however, today, things were a little sunnier for the Liberty ticket as they prevailed against their opponents (in extremely narrow races, however.) For the first time ever, in our first runoff ever, we witnessed an electoral college tie that had to be broken using the Second Amendment. The bad part for Matthias Christian in this race is the fact that due to Vice President Tarson running up her numbers in safe Liberty districts (specifically Districts 13 and 14), Tarson clearly won the popular vote outright and would have even if she had lost the electoral college. In fact, the margin was 3.16 percent between the two; as such, there’s certainly no way for him to ask for a recount in an attempt to flip the results. This is certainly not like the election that propelled Rick Canth into office, which means that the new system is working.

Now, we will ponder two different questions. First, with such a divided House, how will Liberty govern? Yes, Liberty still technically holds the Presidency, the Senate, and likely the House through a coalition, but the party is certainly weakened by these results. The party will need to do some real soul-searching in the days to come as Liberty did not fare well this election.

Second, what will become of Kaitlyn Jones and Matthias Christian? We will likely hear a vague answer on this tonight, but it becomes a real question. If the two plan to run for something in the future, how will they remain relevant and not become the has-been nominees next time around? Panem’s political parties have a bad habit of diminishing their integrity in the eyes of the voters by renominating people when they didn’t perform up to standards last time around and planned to change nothing the next time around. There’s one main difference here, however: Jones and Christian both nearly won. With Paylor, Trenton, Ren, Delta, etc., they all were very unsuccessful at getting remotely close to a win. The only two-time candidate to run and successfully win was Rick Canth, and his scenario is far closer to Jones’ and Christian’s than the two are to Paylor and company.

UPDATE 6: President Mellark and Vice President Tarson appeared together at their victory rally in the Capitol.

“Against the odds, we have prevailed. Governor Jones just called me and Representative Christian just called Rebecca to concede their respective elections. We thank both of them for spirited campaigns that brought the most important issues in our country to the forefront. Now, we are on for another four years. Four more years to fix our education system, to ensure Panem’s safety from enemies abroad, and to continue the largest economic growth in Panem’s history. It’s time to get to work, but one thing is for sure: it’s morning in Panem again.” — President Peeta Mellark (Liberty-D12)

Former Governor Kaitlyn Jones addressed a deeply disappointed crowd in District 11:

“I called President-elect Mellark about five minutes ago to wish him congratulations on his reelection as President. I am most proud of our race for the presidency on the pure fact that President Mellark and I have never grown spiteful towards one another and in fact we are quite friendly towards each other. Despite our differences, I offer him my help if he ever should need it and thank him for a truly successful election cycle. My friends, I understand your disappointment. Trust me, I am very well aware of it. However, we are not done. The Conservative vision will continue to move forward in Congress. We will continue to spread conservatism throughout our nation. We will decrease the size of government, and we will make sure Panem’s citizens are freer than ever before. This won’t be the end, and this won’t be the last you see of me.” — former Governor Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative-D11)

Representative Matthias Christian (Centre-D10) spoke to his supporters in his home district:

“Everyone, please calm. I decided moments ago to call and concede this election to Vice President Tarson. Yes, I know; yes, it’s tough to understand. I wanted to contest the results too, but the margin is clear: I lost this election. However, Vice President Tarson will serve this nation as she has before: with integrity and valor. She has my support as she goes into her second term. One thing that we should all take heart in is the fact that Centre is larger than ever before. Our ranks have grown stronger in Congress, and we have made headway in our districts. Our vision works, and Panem is seeing that. It’s time to get to work to make Panem its very best.” — Representative Matthias Christian (Centre-D10)

Senators Patrick Newsom and Iris Canstrom decline to endorse in executive runoffs

Senator Patrick Newsom (Civic-D3), the Civic nominee for president, and Senator Iris Canstrom (Labor-D9), the Labor nominee for president, both declined to endorse any candidate for president or vice president in the upcoming runoff elections.

Newsom and Canstrom were both defeated in the first round of executive elections held three days ago, amounting to a combined 16.2 percent of the vote. The pair underwhelmed in the elections following much fervor around the two earlier in the cycle. The two standard-bearers of the left-wing Panem political parties not endorsing either candidate in either election is hardly a surprise, however, as Panem’s conservative wing was the true winner of the elections three days ago. Of the second round contestants, only Matthias Christian of the Centre Party is remotely close to the center of Panem politics, and even he leans further to the right than to the left.

The two nominees’ decision to not endorse and instead allow each person to “make their own decision based on their conscience” is not expected to have a drastic effect on any candidate’s campaign, but rather on turnout.

What To Expect From An Unpredictable Runoff

It’s official: Panem will experience its first general runoff election for both president and vice president. President Peeta Mellark (Liberty-D12) will face former Governor Kaitlyn Jones (Conservative-D11) while Vice President Rebecca Tarson (Liberty-D12) will face Representative Matthias Christian (Centre-D10).

The main question in this situation is what the heck happens now.

Whenever we covered what could happen following the presidential debate, the majority of analysts were looking to either a Liberty/Centre runoff across the board, a Liberty/Conservative runoff across the board, or an outright Liberty win. While the latter nearly occurred for Tarson, none of the above actually happened. Instead, voters will get a chance to vote in an election that is Liberty/Conservative and Liberty/Centre.

This leads to many variables changing that weren’t previously discussed. Below, we will detail some of the potential outcomes.

PRESIDENTIAL RUNOFF:

  • Civic/Labor endorses Mellark or Jones: Highly unlikely, but always possible. If this happens, it’s likely a lackluster endorsement that doesn’t lead to much, but in a close scenario, it could push a candidate over the top.
  • Centre endorses Mellark: Centre endorsing anyone wasn’t a thought that had crossed people’s minds until Jones won because people assumed that Roydon had a greater chance of winning. Now that we are here, there’s a 50-50 chance that Centre endorses Mellark. If that happens, Mellark gets a major boost that is likely to propel him to reelection. However, it should be noted that it might be counterproductive for Centre to endorse Mellark but seek to get rid of Tarson, which may prevent an endorsement.
  • Centre endorses Jones: Jones automatically has an uphill slope in a runoff. Liberty voters are consistent voters, and they don’t typically miss a chance to vote in elections- hence why there’s so many Liberty officeholders. However, if Centre endorses Jones, that will invigorate the Conservative base and ensure higher turnout for Jones, leading to a potential Jones victory.

VICE PRESIDENTIAL RUNOFF:

  • Civic/Labor endorses Tarson: Highly unlikely, but always possible. If this happens, it’s likely a lackluster endorsement that doesn’t lead to much, but in a close scenario, it could push Tarson over the top.
  • Civic/Labor endorses Christian: Much more likely than the previous option. If the two left-wing parties have decided that Christian is much more preferable to Tarson, then it’s always possible that they seek to assist Christian. However, it’s worth noting that Christian is more right-wing than left-wing, and that could prevent an endorsement.
  • Conservative Party endorses Mellark: This is a very possible scenario, given the ideological similarity between the two parties. If this occurs, the election will likely go to Tarson. The only issue: the Conservatives are waging war against Liberty up the ballot.
  • Conservative Party endorses Christian: As mentioned previously, Christian comes from the right wing of the Centre Party. While certainly not as right-wing as a member of the Liberty or Conservative Parties, the Conservatives could find him acceptable enough to support, pushing him over the top.