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Primary Election Political Parties Election Day Voting Election of the President Candidates National Conventions National Conventions - An Inside View Candidates at the Convention The Campaign Polling Places The Electoral College The Electoral Map The Inauguration

The Primary Election

To begin with, there may be many candidates. Only one candidate from each party will eventually be chosen to run for president. People who are members of the two main political parties often help to select that one person months before the actual presidential election. They do this by voting in primary elections that are held in many states.

The primary election season usually begins in February. The first primary election takes place in New Hampshire and ends early in June. Party members choose the candidate they prefer from their state in each state primary. Candidates in some states are chosen at a large state meeting called a “convention,” or at smaller meetings called “caucuses.”

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The series of presidential primary elections and caucuses is one of the first steps in the process of electing the President of the United States of America. The primary elections are run by state and local governments, while caucuses are private events run by the political parties. A state primary election usually is an indirect election: instead of voters directly selecting a particular person running for President, it determines how many delegates to each party's national convention each candidate will receive from that state.

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