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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


Uncle Sam, the word spy, wants you to take a minute and test your knowledge.

Match the word(s) in the left-hand column to complete the questions or statements in the right-hand column. Check your answers.

Closed primary A. The process by which a party nominates its candidate for the general election.
Blanket primary B. A primary election in which voters can participate in the nomination of candidates, but only of the party in which they are enrolled for a period of time prior to primary day.
Open primary C. A primary election in which the voter can wait until the day of the primary to choose which party to enroll in to select candidates for the general election.
Primary elections D. Much like the general election in that a voter can vote for candidates of either party. Only Alaska and Washington use this system.
Direct primary E. A primary where voters directly select the candidates who will run for office.


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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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