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What are primary elections?

Updated: 8/18/2023
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actually, a primary election is and election in which party members elect the canidates for their parties

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In the American presidential electoral system, each party gets together in every state between January to June in an election year to nominate a candidate to represent them in the fall. Primaries are contested between members of the same party, as highlighted by the epic clash between Obama and Hillary not too long ago. At the end of all of the primaries(and caucuses), the party comes together at a national convention in the late summer to formally nominate the candidate for November.

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Primary election is a method of selecting candidates to run for public office. In a primary election, a political party, in effect, holds an election among its own members to select the party members who will represent it in the coming general election. Any number of party members can run for an office in a primary. But only the winning candidate can represent the party in the general election. Parties learn from the primary votes which candidates the members of their parties prefer. When several candidates enter a primary, the winner may receive less than 50 percent of the vote. Some states, especially in the South, then hold a run-off primary, in which the two candidates with the highest number of votes run against each other.

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A primary election is the election in which political parties determine who in their party will run as their candidate in the General Election.

Primaries are held in various manners throughout The United States of America, usually by secret ballot among party members.

Open primaries are those which anyone can vote in the primary as long as they just vote in one. For example you can vote in the Democratic Primary, but not in the Republican or other party primary. That makes you a Democrat. Or a Republican if you decide to vote in that primary instead.

Closed primaries require that you register as a Democrat or as a Republican. Registered "Independents" usually cannot vote in a party primary. Occasionally the law in some states allows one to change their registration prior to the vote.

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The primary elections are the elections in which a president is elected.

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The purpose of primary elections is to choose the candidates for the main elections.

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