The American presidential candidate selection season is well underway, with the field narrowing down to 4 candidates in the Republican contest and just two in the Democrats’ race to the White House.
One of the most experienced US and global politicians in the double-header showdown for the Democratic nomination is Hillary Clinton. To many seasoned observers’ surprise, her opponent for the Democratic ticket is a left wing-inclined Senator for Vermont State – Bernie Sanders.
By choice, the Democratic Party permits Americans abroad to join in the Stateside political fun’n’games by staging what they call a Global Presidential Primary in which any US citizen can cast their vote wherever they are around the world. And that includes London, so we set out to catch this rare opportunity to see American politics first hand on our doorstep here in London.
The Democrats Abroad London primary was held over two voting sessions on 1 and 5 March, and the full force of American democracy was unleashed in Westminster. At the Abbey Centre, just a stone’s throw away from the Palace of Westminster, citizens of another country exercised their democratic rights.