State elections of delegates to the nominating convention that chooses a major party's presidential candidate. In some states, delegates are elected by popular vote; in other states, party caucuses or miniconventions choose delegates.
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But so-called jungle primaries are notoriously hard to predict or poll.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Several Republicans won primaries in 2014 by running as ideologically pure conservatives who wanted new leadership in the House.
They excite people, and primaries tend to be dominated by voters who are the most excited.
Presidential primaries have a way of bringing out issues that later become policy or law.
And that debate during the 1992 primaries worked out pretty well for the nominee.
He had personally led the fight in the Fraser County primaries and had vanquished Bassett!
She did not relish the idea that he had been defeated in the primaries; in her mind defeat was inseparable from dishonor.
After the primaries you counted noses among the candidates and found it was going to be a tight squeak—a damned tight squeak.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
Each of these is composed of, or can be resolved into, two primaries.Field's Chromatography|George Field
Orange, green and violet, each a combination of two primaries.Color Value|C. R. Clifford