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Primary Election

An election in which candidates compete against members of their own party to receive the nomination for a political office. The nominee then goes on to face candidates from other parties. The rules in primary elections vary by both party and jurisdiction. In some U.S. states, for example, one needs a plurality to win the primary; in others, a plurality win leads to a run-off election between the two top contenders.
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Mr Masisi said even as the largest and most popular party in the country, BDP could not afford the luxury of losing even one democrat to either the opposition or to the wilderness due to his loss in the primary election.
The Hill County primary elections also featured contested races for sheriff, tax collector, commissioners and constables.
According to a survey released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) late Monday, around 74 percent of Muslim voters polled said they will be voting in upcoming primary elections, and 67 percent said they will vote for Democratic Party candidates.
Presidential primary elections, which are conducted under national party rules, would be excluded from the top-two system.
But while about 45% of these voters turn out for a general election, only 8% vote in a primary election.
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June primary elections mean that the party nominees are virtually anointed by the time Californians have their say.
Details of how primary elections would work will be drawn up later this year with the party seeking legal advice on how to implement the idea.
The Islamic militant group Hamas is hoping to capitalise on the disarray in the ruling party Barghouti, serving five life terms in an Israeli prison for involvement in deadly attacks, has emerged as the most popular Fatah leader in West Bank primary elections.
In each state, voters name their favorite candidate in primary elections or caucuses (party meetings).
There is, however, one aspect of elections that is not covered very well: primary elections.