Runoff primary

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A runoff primary is a second primary election held in some states to determine which of the top two vote getters in the first primary will be awarded the party nomination for an office.[1] Typically, if no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary election, there is a subsequent runoff election between the top two vote getters to determine the party candidate.

States with runoff primary provisions

Eleven states have provisions for primary runoff elections: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Vermont. Vermont holds runoffs only in the event of a tie. South Dakota only holds runoffs for the offices of U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative and the governor.[2]

See also

Ballotpedia:Index of Terms