How do we make Presidential primaries even more interesting? Well, we can start a competition to see who can actually predict who will be the nominees and the eventual Vice-President nominees.
The rules are simple:
You will select 6 Republican candidates for President. Honestly, the Democratic side is pretty boring but I can be persuaded to choose three candidates from the list for President.
You must stay within your budget to select your candidates.
The cost of each candidate to add to your roster is listed by their name.
Points are given based on the candidate's results in each primary/caucus.
Points are awarded Mario Kart style: 9 points for 1st, 6 points for 2nd, 3 points for 3rd, and 1 point for 4th. 0 points for 5th or lower.
Last place (among declared candidates) in a primary/caucus earns your candidate -2 points.
You lose 2 points when one of your candidates drops out of the race.
When you submit your roster, you can give two bonus predictions. For each bonus prediction that comes true, you earn 5 points. When you submit your roster, I'll read the bonus prediction, if it seems too easy such as Elizabeth Warren will not run for President, I will ask you to submit a new bonus prediction.
For the Vice-President portion of the competition, you can e-mail me with your roster 5 Republicans who you think could be the Vice-President nominee and 5 Democrats who you think could be the nominee. For each correct one, you earn 5 points.
Rosters can be submitted with pseudonyms. Rosters will be e-mailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to Labor Day 2015 (let's make this fun).
There will be weekly updates here on the standings.