The election of the President and Vice President is not a direct election by the United States citizens. The electoral college consists of the popularly elected representatives (electors) who formally elect the President and Vice President.
In the United States there are numerous political interest groups such as: environmentalists; business groups; labor unions; churches; ethnic groups; political action committees or PAC; health groups; education groups; civic groups; youth groups; transportation groups; agricultural groups; veterans groups; women's groups; reform lobbies; Israel affairs; rifle association, etc. Some of these groups are:
There are two main political parties in the United States: the Democratic and Republican Parties. In addition, there are minor and micro parties as well.