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Edited by: Deborah Kalb

In: Guide to U.S. Elections 7th Edition

Chapter 10: Presidential Primaries

Edited by: Deborah Kalb

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781483380346.n12

Subject: Elections

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Presidential Primaries
Presidential primaries

The quadrennial process of electing a president has two distinct parts—the nominating process and the general election. In contrast to the stable character of the general election—a one-day nationwide vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November—the nominating process has changed many times in the nation’s history.

Modifications in the nominating process have been dramatic—beginning with congressional caucuses in the early nineteenth century, through the heyday of the national conventions ...

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