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closed primary

a direct primary in which only persons meeting tests of party membership may vote.
Origin of closed primary
1940-45, Americanism Unabridged
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closed primary

(US, government) a primary in which only members of a particular party may vote Compare open primary
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closed primary definition

A type of direct primary limited to registered party members, who must declare their party affiliation in order to vote. The closed primary serves to encourage party unity and prevent members of other parties from infiltrating and voting to nominate weak candidates. (Compare open primary.)

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