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  • An election where voters choose which candidate should run as a political party's candidate in a subsequent election. Primaries can be “open” or “closed.” Open means that registered party members of the opposing party and/or independents may vote, although no voter can vote in both elections. Closed primaries are those restricted to voters who hold party membership. In the United States, primaries are held for election of the presidential nominee of each party. Some states choose to hold caucuses, meetings of party members where a vote is taken, instead of primaries, which involve individuals voting at a polling station. Primaries result in electoral votes that represent the votes of delegates who are sent to each party's respective convention, although a minority percentage of delegates at ...

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