United Provinces presidential election, 2019
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The 5th quadrennial United Provinces presidential election is set to take place on Friday, the 4th of July, 2019 and on July, the 18th of July, 2019 (previously scheduled for September on the same dates but as a result of constitutional change in 2018, it is on the same date as the parliamentary election). Incumbent President Simon McClark is eligible to run for a second term.
In the 2015 election Simon McClark has been elected President on the platform of bringing needed change to the country, lower unemployment, more equality, further WU integration and a less militarized state. McClark became very popular among centrists, but the far-left and the far-right absolutely despised him and tried to stop him from the winning the presidency. They failed, taking away 51% of the vote in the first round.
McClark's ratings at the end of December 2015 were: 55% Approve, 38% Disapprove, and 7% Unsure. By the end of December 2016, they were around 53% Approve, 43% Disapprove and 4% Unsure. Over the next few years, the country started experiencing a massive surge in support for populism and candidates on opposite sides of the political spectrum. In December 2018 the Prime Minister called for early parliamentary elections and announced she will not run for leadership of her party. Her government had 35% Approval, 47% Disapproval and 18% Unsure by the end of November 2018, and McClark's presidency had it just a bit better - 45% Approval, 45% Disapproval, 10% Unsure.
After Monica Le Ben announced she intends to run for the presidency in 2019 and after Hermann Brandy's resignation from the Nationalist Party, McClark and Sanders administrations' ratings plunged to all time lows. McClark had 29% Approval, 59% Disapproval, 12% Unsure, and Sanders' government had 17% Approval, 77% Disapproval, 6% Unsure. After her defeat in the February 2018 parliamentary elections, in which the Liberal Party lost nearly half its seats to the Socialists and Nationalists, she resigned and McClark was considering resignation as well. However, in April 2018, to his opponents' dismay, he refused to resign or drop out of the 2019 presidential race.
In 2018 the first real polls for the 2019 election were held. As Monica Le Ben, far-right, and John Jason Smith, far-left, announced their candidacies, they surged into the lead in almost all polls. In some polls, Monica Le Ben had 41%, John Jason Smith 21%, Harold Williams 11% and McClark 5% and Undecided 22%. McClark had 7% Approval, 68% Disapproval and 25% Unsure.
In mid-2018, right-wing conservative businessman Theodore Caligula expressed his interest in the 2019 election.