Primary election

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A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party's candidate for elected office and run in the general election.They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders.[1] Primaries are a state-level election that take place prior to a general election.[2]

In some primaries, the voter directly selects a candidate. This is known as a presidential preference primary. In contrast, in a more indirect form of a primary, the voter chooses a delegate who will choose a candidate at the party's national convention.[3]

Types of primaries

Primary election dates


See Voting in the 2013 primary elections for 2013 primary dates by state.

State legislatures

Primary election dates vary by year. Often times a state legislature can move the primary date during the session prior to an election. Typically, the first state primary is held in Texas.








Currently, 34 states use the primary system to select presidential candidates.[2]


The following states have released dates for the 2016 presidential primaries:[4]

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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See also

Ballotpedia:Index of Terms