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direct primary

noun U.S. Politics.
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • We had in California on the 16th day of August (less than a month ago) a direct-primary election.

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British Dictionary definitions for direct primary

direct primary

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

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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