The past few months, the Republican party has been having candidate debates and primary elections, all the process of trying to select the most capable candidate to "run" for the office of President for their party. There is a new twist this time. PAC's have been given the authority to "give" as much as they wanted to a candidate. This came as a result of a Supreme Court decision known as "Citizen United", which said that corporations have the same privilege of "speech" as a human-being, meaning that a corporation may give as many campaign funds it wants instead of being stopped by the usual $2,300 they had prior to the decision. What that translates to is: a candidate merely needs to get one very large donator who would foot his campaign and that is all he would need--so, no more "grassroots" or small donors (usually from the regular population)
Now, the Republican party has narrowed their selection to four candidates. Those candidates are attempting to "win" each of states they "run" in so they can accumlate "votes" going into the Presidential Convention.
The Presidential Convention is where the final candidate is selected. In the pre-50's days, the convention was a brokered convention, usually in a smoke filled room with the party big-whigs attempting to convince the remainder in the room of the ability of their candidate.
The convention today is changed. No-more smoke filled rooms, the candidate comes to the convention usually with the election in the bag because he has accumulated the largest number of "state" wins to achieve the election.
Other things go on at the convention: The party platform is solidified, that is where the party states what they believe in and where they are headed in the upcoming Presidential election. Many personalities are highlight by speeches they deliver and will begin growing within the party.
Usually a sitting President has a good position if he has done a good job in his last term.
What is your job. First, you need to familiarize yourself with both of the candidates; their positions on the issues; that means you need to do some research and become familiar with their reasons for their position. Next, you need to start to form questions that you would like to ask on the issues, do the candidates answer with good answers? Start forming an opinion, once formed, challenge their positions, use letters-to-the editor (remember to keep the letters to one question--yes, you can send more, however publishers do not like long letters, it takes up too much space) call in responses, attend meetings--and on and on--GET INVOLVED--BE ABLE TO DISCUSS THE ISSUES--POSSIBLE ANSWERS!!!!!STAY INVOLVED!