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noun

a direct primary in which only persons meeting tests of party membership may vote.

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Origin of closed primary

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45
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British Dictionary definitions for closed primary

closed primary

noun

US government a primary in which only members of a particular party may voteCompare open primary
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Cultural definitions for closed primary

closed primary

A type of direct primary limited to registered party members, who must declare their party affiliation in order to vote. The closed primary serves to encourage party unity and prevent members of other parties from infiltrating and voting to nominate weak candidates. (Compare open primary.)

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