What factors influence the ability for a candidate to get elected, and what role do political parties play in elections?

The paper should be 5 pages, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins, 12 point font, and a widely used font (no odd fonts that either decrease or increase your paper’s length) Times New Roman, Calibiri, Arial are all appropriate.

Questions:

What factors influence the ability for a candidate to get elected, and what role do political parties play in elections? How does a winter-take-all system affect elections and political parties? How do elections and parties affect the discussion on the national debt? Given your above discussion, how do you propose we deal with the debt?
You must cite all sources used for this paper, and I strongly encourage you to use relevant and vetted sources to both learn about your topic, and as sources to support your analysis. Wikipedia is an excellent starting point to learn about any topic, but it has no place in an academic paper. Any use of Wikipedia as a source will result in your paper being graded down.