What is a Primary Election?


Before the actual Presidential
Election a host of states hold another
election called a primary. This part of the process is
needed to figure out who will run for president in each party. A primary election is held at
the ballot box… just like other elections… and is run by state governments. 37 states use primary elections
over caucuses. Primaries are held a
couple of different ways, depending on the state… but all will result in a
number of delegates who will go onto the national convention
to select a presidential nominee In closed primaries, voters must
declare which party they support and can vote only in that
party’s primary. In open primaries, registered
voters from any political party can vote for candidates of
either party. And when it comes
to delegates… some states go by
winner-take-all. That means the presidential
candidate with the most primary votes claims all that
state’s delegates at each party’s national convention… or huge meetings held
a few months before the election itself. At the convention, the nominees
are decided by delegates from each state. Other states award delegates
by proportion. For instance, in a proportional
primary, a candidate who won 20 percent of the vote would get
20% of that state’s delegates. In some states, a combination
of the primary and caucus system are used. You can find out if your state
has an open or closed primary by going to
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