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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 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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What benefit is there to pulling out of the presidential race before Super Tuesday?

In the last couple of days, in the wake of the South Carolina primary, first Pete Buttigieg & now Amy Klobuchar have "suspended" their campaigns. This has come notably just before Super Tuesday, ...
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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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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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Has a sitting US president ever been denied their party's nomination for a second term?

Has there ever been an instance when a US president didn't get a second term because they failed to get his party's nomination? From the looks of it, there's nothing that could prevent a sitting US ...
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How did Alaska "change its primary system recently" and was it "to dilute the possibility of a conservative or Trump-inspired challenger"?

Politico's GOP pushes Murkowski to stay in line against Biden’s Covid bill includes the following: Murkowski is unique, however, and so is her home of Alaska. The state is suffering economically, the ...
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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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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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Why do betting odds give Michael Bloomberg 10% chance of winning the Democratic nomination?

Currently https://www.electionbettingodds.com/ give Michael Bloomberg a bit over 10% chance of winning the Democratic nomination. Since he is polling single digits(not even close to double digits) ...
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Why don't presidential candidates announce their running mates before achieving their party's nomination?

As far as I can tell, a candidate has only announced their running mate before achieving the nomination twice since the modern system of primaries came into use in the 1970s. These occasions were in ...
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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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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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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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What happens in a brokered convention? Why is the prospect of one seen as a threat to Sanders' presidential hopes?

With six (technically eight including Tulsi Gabbard & Tom Steyer) candidates currently still in the field for the Democratic presidential candidate nomination, it seems increasingly likely that no ...
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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 is the distinction between primary and caucus significant?

I keep hearing newscasters refer to this week's New Hampshire primary as "the first in the nation primary". While I understand this is technically true, the way they emphasize "first in ...
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Why is Iowa the first state to hold a caucus/primary?

There seems to be a huge benefit to Iowa in being first, as they get a lot of attention from the media and the candidates in the run-up to the caucuses. Whose decision is/was it that they should be ...
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Given there is no primary on the democratic side, why isn't there a push to get Democrat voters to vote Trump out in the primary?

Biden is the incumbent with no serious challenges. Given his unpopularity with Democrats, why hasn't there been a campaign run by Democrats or maybe even some anti-Trump Republicans to get Democrat ...
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Do any 2020 Democratic primary candidates support repealing the PATRIOT Act and eliminating mass surveillance in the United States?

Thinking back to how big of a scandal it was when President Obama signed the USA Freedom Act in 2015, and more generally how much flak Obama received with his handling of the 2013 surveillance ...
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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 a candidate to 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 - sample ...
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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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Why did Nikki Haley continue in the race for Republican nomination for so long?

In the ongoing race to select the Republican Party nominee, Nikki Haley has lost every primary and caucus but one. That was the District of Columbia Republican primary, which she won with 62% of the ...
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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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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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Why is winning the NYC Democratic mayoral primary currently widely seen as tantamount to election?

During the Bush era and even before that, NYC has elected mayors that were at least back then resembled the governors of states like Vermont today (they had liberal social views, but had more ...
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How are Presidential candidates, who run for the party ticket in Primaries and Caucuses, shortlisted?

I am not from USA and pertaining to some question I am trying to address, I was curious about how the Presidential candidates are selected or shortlisted for Primaries and Caucuses. Because it's not ...
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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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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 did Hillary Clinton and her supporters think it was a good idea to demand Bernie Sanders' tax return?

From what I understand, Hillary Clinton and her supporters demanded that Bernie Sanders release his tax return, suggesting that he was refusing to do so and was hiding something, even though the ...
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What is the process behind the Democratic Iowa Caucus?

I've been trying to figure out exactly how the Democratic Caucus in Iowa works for days, but I can't seem to find any sources that lays it all out entirely. I know that there were thousands of ...
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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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How was PredictWise so certain that Ted Cruz had absolutely no chance to win the 2016 Republican Party presidential primaries and caucuses?

This website seems to be able to predict who will win the 2016 Presidential Election. But their results are very strange: Ted Cruz only has 1% chance of winning! But in most national polls Ted Cruz ...
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Has some candidate won the Democratic ticket without winning either Iowa or New Hampshire?

Looking at the latest polls from New Hampshire they seem to mirror Iowa... so I'm curious if a "deep" reversal on Super Tuesday etc. has happened, i.e. did someone not in top two in either Iowa or New ...
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Who decide the order of the states of primary vote?

Recently I see Republican party started the primary vote process and they started from Iowa, and then moved to N.H and will move on to anther state. My questions are how the order/sequence of states ...
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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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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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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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What was the US election with the highest number of cancelled primaries and caucuses?

Primaries and caucuses in the US can get cancelled and some did get cancelled, e.g.: The shutdowns aren’t without precedent. Some of the states forgoing Republican nomination contests have done so ...
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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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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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Why are big tech companies Bernie Sanders' top donors?

Among Bernie Sanders' top donor there are a lot of big tech companies (most of them based on Silicon Valley, California), namely: Alphabet (Google), Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, IBM, Facebook. This ...
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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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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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Why do some political parties in the US have open primaries, but not others?

In the recent California primary elections, any NPP (no party preference) voter was allowed to choose ballots for presidential primaries for American Independent Party, Democratic, and Libertarian. ...
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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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Why are there so many superdelegates in the nomination process for President of the United States?

In order to secure the Democratic nomination, a candidate must have at least 2,382 delegates. Why are there 712 (15% of the total number of delegates) that are unpledged? The fact that Secretary ...
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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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Does Mexico hold primary elections?

If so, are they held by all national parties? For executive and legislators? And are party non-officials eligible to vote? If so, only members or open? Note: Question is inspired by the nominating ...
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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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