noun U.S. Politics.
a primary in which members of a party nominate its candidates by direct vote.
Words nearby direct primary
Compare indirect primary.
Origin of direct primary
First recorded in 1895–1900
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Example sentences from the Web for direct primary
We had in California on the 16th day of August (less than a month ago) a direct-primary election.
British Dictionary definitions for direct primary
US government a primary in which voters directly select the candidates who will run for office
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Cultural definitions for direct primary
An election in which voters choose candidates to run on a party's ticket in a subsequent election for public office.
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