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Questions tagged [primaries]

Public elections to decide which candidate represents a party at the main election

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How exactly does a primary election in Israel (specifically Likud) work?

I've been trying to understand the exact mechanics of how primary elections in Likud party in Israel work. So far I'm on page 3 of Google search and nothing has a meaningful explanation, only details ...
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Does the populist rise in Europe prove that intra-party democracy is not working?

Each party (including German and Nordic social democratic parties) has its own inner democratic election system which elects the party leaders and which proposes and changes the program of the party. ...
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Can US citizens vote in multiple primaries? [duplicate]

In the US they have a system of primary elections in which voters chose a candidate for each party, who then go to the main election. This has been criticised for increasing the polarization of US ...
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Is there any dataset for party primaries adoption?

Is there any data set available with information about parties around the world that have adopted primary elections?
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Who pays the costs for presidential preference “elections” in caucus states (US)?

As I understand it, typically the costs of conducting a presidential primary election (renting facilities, use of voting machines, labor cost of county election officials and county poll workers, etc) ...
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In the US, why does the government have the right to regulate how political parties hold their primaries?

In the US, various states have different rules on how parties may hold their primaries: some require direct ballots, some require caucuses, some states hold "open" primaries and some are "closed. But ...
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Why do states fund primary elections?

Presumably there are significant costs associated with the running of a primary election - printing/voting machines, staffing, rental of voting places. Reading other questions here, it is implied that ...
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Who voted for Arthur J. Jones the neo-Nazi Republican candidate for Illinois's 3rd congressional district?

In the Illinois 3rd district Republican primary, Arthur Jones got about 20 thousand votes, which is approximately the same the 2012 primary winner got. This number seems surprisingly high considering ...
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Is it ever better to vote against a candidate in a primary, rather than for one?

In some primary elections, it is possible to vote in only one party's election. My goal is two-fold: remove one party's incumbent candidate from office, and get the other party's best candidate into ...
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How to run in the Republican primary against a Republican incumbent for US House?

How can I register as a candidate to run in the Republican primary against a sitting Republican congressman? Is it in the State's Election Board jurisdiction or does the Republican Party decide who ...
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Can a US political party reject a potential candidate?

An individual presents themselves to an American political party, expressing a wish to be that party's candidate in the next Presidential election. The individual passes all the Constitutional ...
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Why are closed, taxpayer-funded primaries Constitutional?

In the United States, primary elections are publicly-funded (I had trouble finding a direct citation for this but top Google hits are in general agreement that taxpayers pay most if not all the costs)....
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Could a Party Choose Not to Nominate an Incumbent?

For example, if the Republican party wanted to hold a new primary in 2020 and pick someone other than Trump, is there any specific reason they could or could not do so?
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Precedents for replacing a candidate selected through a primary

A party selects their candidate for an election through an open primary election. The outcome of the primary is an unambiguous winner. After the primary, but before candidacy for the actual election ...
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Can François Fillon be replaced as candidate of The Republicans to the presidential elections?

Few months ago, François Fillon was elected candidate of the right wing party The Republicans in France to the presidential elections in 2017. These days, however, he is facing severe problems due to ...
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Why register a party affiliation in a state with open primaries?

I'm a registered Democrat in Massachusetts, a state with semi-open primaries such that registered voters can only vote in their party's primary, but unaffiliated voters can vote in any primary. I'm ...
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What is the reason for Nicolas Sarkozy's decline?

These days the right wing party Republicans are holding their presidential primaries for the 2017 presidential election in France. Technically speaking, the person designated to represent the ...
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Whom are people voting for in US primaries?

I quite don't understand whom are people voting for in the primaries. Do they vote for candidates themselves or for delegates? If I understand it correctly, people vote for candidate and the winner of ...
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If you sneak into a closed primary and vote as an independent, are you guilty of a crime?

One of my famous (to those who know me) arguments on social media. I live in Florida, and this friend of a friend is insisting I can vote in a Florida primary as an independent, contrary to literally ...
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What would it take to do away with the caucus system?

I went to my first caucus this spring and it was very enlightening. I am of the belief that our candidates are being chosen by the "fringe" people in each party.There were plenty of good citizens ...
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Where do news outlets and Google get their election & primary results?

I suspect from the states' Websites - I know California has one.
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Why is there a discrepancy between # of precincts reporting for different parties from the same polling places?

As I was monitoring the presidential primary returns tonight I noticed something very puzzling. Take a quick look at this screen capture: This image is from one of the news websites (huffpost.com) ...
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Why do presumed nominees get more votes?

When the last active Republican opponent to Donald Trump "suspended" his campaign, why did the remaining contests begin skewing heavily in favor of Trump? One could ask why voters who oppose Trump ...
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Why do people call Bernie the most popular candidate when he's losing? [closed]

Recently I have seen many images on Facebook and elsewhere with pictures comparing large Bernie Sanders rallies to relatively small rallies for other candidates. Often these images have captions along ...
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Is it possible to change the superdelegates' votes?

For example, is it possible for voters (or anyone else) to change the democrats superdelegates' votes? In the current race, it seems like Sanders and Clinton are quite close, and the superdelegates ...
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Which 2016 GOP primary candidates will be on the primary ballot in California?

Now that all candidates except Trump have dropped out and/or suspended their campaigns, he is the presumptive GOP nominee. That said, there are still states that haven't voted yet, of which ...
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Sanders says he has no plans to quit before the final primary votes have been cast in June

Sanders says he has no plans to quit before the final primary votes have been cast in June. I want to know if there is statistics that shows his popularity diagram in the past year to see if it is ...
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Is Donald Trump officially the Republican nominee [as of May 7th]?

Googling the phrase 2016 primaries indicates that Donald Trump is the "likely Republican presidential nominee" (emphasis mine). While Donald Trump needs 1237 delegates to secure the nomination, he ...
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What's the purpose of a closed primary?

To vote in the Democratic primaries for New York State, I had to register in the Democratic party. Why would a political party hold a closed primary?
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How can a primary's winner be declared with 0% reporting?

The Maryland primary was today. I just did a Google and I'm seeing that Clinton and Trump have been declared winners with 0% reporting. How is that possible? I understand projections but at this ...
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Can I vote in person if I received an absentee ballot?

I requested and received an absentee ballot. I did not fill it out or use it. The primaries for my state (Maryland) are today. Can I vote in person since I did not use my absentee ballot? If not, what ...
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Why do different states have different rules about delegate allocation for the presidency?

There are fifty states in America, plus some territories and other locations that are given delegates for the primaries. Yet they each have different rules about how delegates are allocated. Why?
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Can the results of a primary be ignored at the convention?

Suppose a prospective candidate for US President goes through the entire primary process and easily obtains enough pledged delegates to win their party's nomination in the first round of convention ...
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What happens if convention delegates refuse to vote for the candidate they're committed to?

In American presidential nominations, a candidate wins a contest and gets some delegates. What if those delegates won't vote for him? Do their votes still count if they vote for a different candidate? ...
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Can I vote in the primary for one party and then vote for the other in the general? [duplicate]

Let's say there are 3 candidates (1, 2, 3) and two parties (A, B). Candidate 1: is good and is in party A Candidate 2: is OK but is in party B Candidate 3: is horrible and in party A If you vote ...
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When was the last American political convention that allowed people to bring guns?

There is a petition to allow guns at the Republican convention. When was the last political convention (Democrat or Republican) that allowed people to bring guns?
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Why are US State governments involved in presidential primary elections and caucuses?

When I say involved I mean things such as state and county election officials conducting events as well as the state footing the bill for the event costs such as poll manager pay, ballot printing, ...
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Is a Kasich nomination really Mathematically impossible?

As a follow-up to this question, Ted Cruz keeps claiming that it is "mathematically impossible" for John Kasich to earn an uncontested nomination. Steven Colbert claimed that he would need 116% of the ...
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What will Bernie Sanders have to do to get the Democratic nomination?

Michigan turned out pretty well for Bernie, but the same can't be said of this past Super Tuesday. I would think that his fate wouldn't be sealed yet, but I have no idea how the delegate system ...
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In a U.S. presidential primary, what does an “uncommitted” vote really mean?

Yesterday there were several presidential primaries, including the ones in Missouri. With all precincts counted, the Missouri results included these figures: Dem Clinton - 310,602 Sanders - 309,071 ...
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Do purple states ever matter more during a nominating convention?

When the primary election for a party's nominee ends in a toss-up or close contest, wouldn't it be smarter for a party to nominate the candidate that is more effective in general election swing states?...
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Does it matter if I vote for an unopposed candidate in a primary?

Is there any effect when NOT voting for an candidate to an an uncontested seat in a primary where a write-in is NOT allowed? Specifically, I'm voting as a Democrat in the Illinois 2016 primary - ...
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Democratic primaries in historically red states

Is each states primary value based on delegate count alone, or is any consideration given to the likelihood of states actually voting for their party? Example: Utah is historically red and will ...
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Has a presidential candidate ever lost his home state and went on to win the presidential election?

I have been watching the new season of House of Cards. At one point, It got me thinking, has a candidate ever lost his home state and then went on to win his party's primaries and eventually become ...
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Is Donald Trump the main reason behind the dramatic increase in Republican primary turnout?

One of the most interesting features of the 2016 primaries are the turnout numbers for each party. For Super Tuesday, for instance, turnout numbers in each party have changed by around 3 million ...
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RNC convention first ballot rules for candidates who fail to pass rule 40b?

Among other interesting fodder for discussion for this year's Republican Convention, there's rule 40b, which stipulates that: "(b) Each candidate for nomination for President of the United States ...
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How are the votes/delegates in the primaries/caucus counted if the candidate drops out afterwards? [duplicate]

Let's say Marco Rubio suspends his campaign. What happens to the delegates he got in the previous primaries and caucuses?
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Voting for Candidates in the Primaries

This might seem like a strange question, but I am too curious not to ask. Is it possible for one and the same person to vote both for a Democatic candidate and a Republican candidate in the primaries. ...
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Is the Republican Party forced to support whoever wins the presidential primary?

Is the Republican Party forced to support the winner of the presidential primary, or can they choose to support another candidate, for example because that candidate is more in line with the party's ...
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What are the US presidential primaries?

How are the presidential primaries different from the actual US presidential elections? Does the presidential election depend on the outcome of the presidential primaries? And who are the delegates in ...