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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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In 2000, for example, 25 states held their primaries after both Bill Bradley and John McCain had officially withdrawn.
While it is impossible to do justice to all of the many proposals that have been made for changing the nomination rules, to get a sense of the difficulties and complexities of the problem, it is worth taking a look at two of the most talked-about proposals: a national primary and a system of regional primaries.
Adding to the fast-forward frenzy is the likelihood that politicians will move up primaries in a few states for tactical advantage, as Al D'Amato did last time for Dole in New York.
The two national parties could, in theory, create an orderly sequence of primaries by either enacting explicit rules or simply pressuring governors and state legislatures to fall in line.
Option 2: Ashington and Hirst highs combine on learning park site; three junior highs on learning park, Hirst High and Newbiggin middle sites; middle schools close; Coulson Park becomes primary on Seaton Hirst middle site; Windsor First becomes primary on Newbiggin Middle site; Ashington Wansbeck becomes primary on Bothal Middle site; other firsts become primaries.
Option 3: Ashington and Hirst highs combine on learning park site; 11-14 year-olds taught at learning park, Hirst High and Newbiggin Middle site; middle schools close; Coulson Park becomes primary on Seaton Hirst Middle site; Windsor and Newbiggin firsts combine on Newbiggin Middle site; Ashington Wansbeck to become primary on Bothal Middle site; all other firsts become primaries.
At a Saturday news conference, Schroeder said repeatedly that he was not asking the party now to change its rules to nominate candidates by caucuses or convention instead of through primaries.
One incumbent facing a tough race in the nonpartisan county primaries is District Attorney Gil Garcetti, whose office has come under heavy criticism in the aftermath of the O.
However, most analysts expect Dole probably will have clinched the nomination before California, barring an upset win by Forbes or Buchanan in the "Super Tuesday" primaries in the South next week or in the Midwest "Rust Belt" primaries the week after, he said.
In the February round of primaries and caucuses, none of the major GOP contenders has burst from the pack.
We need open primaries to keep extremists of both right and left from controlling politics, the way they do now,'' South adds.
Option 1: Duchess High School to become 11-19 secondary school on new site; middle schools to close and 14 first schools to become primaries.