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Why run for president if you have no chance to be elected?

Jim Gilmore and George Pataki are currently running for president but have virtually no chance of winning the primary. I doubt most voters would even be able to pick them in a lineup. They are not ...
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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 primaries contestants (usually) announce that they are "suspending" their campaign when they exit it?

It seems to be just another political euphemism, in line with politicians not being terribly willing to admit when they are wrong, but is there anything more than that to their use of "suspend" when ...
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What happens to delegates when a candidate withdraws or suspends their campaign

In the United States Presidential Primaries, what happens to a candidates delegates if they later withdraw from the race? For example, in the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary for the State of New ...
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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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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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How do US media networks decide to call the winner of a primary with ongoing count?

For example today, the different states got called at various points of the day. Probably the decision to call has something to do with the margin of current count and the current percentage of ...
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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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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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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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Can candidates give delegates?

For example, can Marco Rubio and John Kasich give delegates to Ted Cruz in order to defeat Donald Trump?
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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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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 are candidates expected to win their home state?

In coverage of primaries and elections I often hear it stated that candidates are expected to win their home states, or that it is embarrassing not to. I've seen this assertion here, such as in Has a ...
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What would happen if every state had a law requiring it hold the nations first primary?

Quoting https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/11/politics/iowa-new-hampshire-primary-monopoly/index.html: The vote-counting meltdown in Iowa's antiquated and haphazard caucus system -- a process used partly ...
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How do parties really choose candidates in the US?

When I was growing up, I was under the impression that America’s candidates for President or Congress are chosen by primary elections. After watching the news more carefully, I later got the ...
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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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Are the partial results announced in Iowa consistent with prior polling in the state?

This may be a bit of a surprise, but according to some news sources (CNN, BBC), Buttigieg came in first and Biden fourth with Sanders and Warren 2nd and 3rd, after more than half the votes were ...
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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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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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When are Iowa's Democratic district- and state-level delegates (for the presidential contest) completely selected?

From the complicated rules it looks to me like the Iowa story isn't going to be completely over anytime soon because There's "redistribution" of the non-viable votes (below the 15% threshold) at the ...
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Do primary vote totals tend to indicate the winner in the general election for US Senate?

In June, the Democratic Party won the primary vote in Georgia by ~9 percentage points, 1.19 million to 0.99 million. Do Senate primary vote totals where both sides are having competitive primaries ...
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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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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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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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