direct primary

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noun U.S. Politics.

a primary in which members of a party nominate its candidates by direct vote.

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Origin of direct primary

First recorded in 1895–1900

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British Dictionary definitions for direct primary

direct primary

noun

US government a primary in which voters directly select the candidates who will run for office
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Culture definitions for direct primary

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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