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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.
Compare indirect primary.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900
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direct primary

noun
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 definition


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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