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Are there any statistics on union endorsements for presidential candidates?

LA Times mentioned a few, seemingly mostly for Sanders by the big-membership numbers On Thursday, United Teachers Los Angeles, the second-largest teacher’s union in the U.S., with roughly 34,000 ...
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When are the filing deadlines for the 2020 presidential primaries in each state?

When working on this answer, I tried to figure out when the filing deadlines were for each state’s presidential primary, and my searches keep turning up contradictory information! Ballotpedia lists ...
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When is it too late to enter the primaries?

An article on NPR is titled: Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick To Make Late Entry Into 2020 Campaign It seems that Governor Patrick is going to be trying his luck in the Democratic ...
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If a party holds no primary debates, how does a lesser known candidate express his views in a forum specific to the party?

Background Back in April, Bill Weld expressed his decision to run for President on the Republican Ticket. However, since the announcement on April 15th, he has not had any public moments of import. ...
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Why aren't other states objecting against Iowa and New Hampshire being the first primary states?

During both Republican and Democratic primaries, Iowa and New Hampshire get a disproportionate amount of attention due to being the first two states to run the vote. This gives these two small states ...
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Why do early states matter more in presidential primaries?

There’s a whole ton of attention and polls of places like Iowa and New Hampshire that vote earlier than others in the primaries. Reading sites like FiveThirtyEight, it seems like these are a pretty ...
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Why did the DNC refuse to hold any debates on Fox News?

Back in March the DNC refused to hold any primary debates on Fox News. With the second Democratic Presidential Debate coming up in a few weeks on CNN, this question seems especially relevant. Fox ...
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What are the arguments for California’s nonpartisan blanket (jungle) primaries?

California has a system where two candidates, chosen in a nonpartisan primary, are on the ballot in each congressional or statewide race. It's sometimes called a jungle primary. This makes it so that ...
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Do any 2020 Democratic primary candidates advocate for charter schools?

I read this Washington Post article stating the 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates are less in favor of charter schools than previous Democrats such as Barack Obama. If the candidates ...
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Opposite party turned away from voting when ballot is all opposing party

I tried to vote today [May 7th 2019] in my local primary city elections in Westfield, Indiana. The poll workers asked me what party I was affiliated with, when I stated I wasn't a Republican they ...
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In Pennsylvania, are there legal limits to how often you can switch political parties?

In the state of Pennsylvania, is it permissible to routinely change political parties, independent of a change or lack-thereof to one's permanent political views? For example, one may wish to switch ...
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What happens to leftover funds from primary candidates? [duplicate]

A bunch of Democrats are running for the nomination. Many of them are getting huge amounts of money. With the ones who don’t become the nominee, what happens to leftover donations? Do they return them ...
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Is it realistic to think that enough Democrats can register as Republicans and nominate a non-Trump Republican in the 2020 primaries?

And what is the potential impact (other than many Democrats not having a say in their own candidate) of a legitimate campaign to try to convince Democrats to do so?
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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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Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party?

Does one party get primary challenges at a higher rate than another party? If this question is not directly answerable, what criteria would I use to determine this rate?
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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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How exactly are the number of super delegates determined for the Democratic primaries?

So I totally understand that the super delegates include those such as the president, vice president, senators, past presidents, etc., but I was wondering if there was an exact mathematical equation ...
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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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Can Ted Cruz and John Kasich still win delegates in upcoming state primaries?

Ted Cruz and John Kasich, like many Republican candidates before them, have suspended their presidential campaigns this week. I'm curious about the upcoming state primaries. Will they still be on ...
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Why did Ted Cruz drop out of the race?

According to Google, here is the latest Republican delegate count (as of May 6, 2016): Obviously, Cruz does not have a mathematical chance to obtain the 1,237 delegates needed for the nomination. ...
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Is there any legal measure that can be employed to Effectively prevent Donald Trump from becoming the RNC Nominee?

While Donald Trump is not yet the official Republican Nominee, it is highly likely he will be. There isn't a competitor left running against him. Is there a legal mechanism that can be employed to ...
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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?