Primaries and
Elections
Primary Season
 Primary election: where voters choose 
 between candidates within one party.
 General election: where vote...
Primary Season
 Primary election: where voters choose 
 between candidates within one party. 
 • Ex: Romney vs. McCain
 • ...
Primary Season
 The outcomes of primaries held early in 
 the year greatly influence who wins in 
 later primaries.
 As a ...
Primary Season
 For example, in 2004 only nine states 
 held primaries before February 5. In 
 2008 22 states held electio...
What’s this map distorted by?
What’s this map distorted0.4% of the US
                          by?
                         New Hampshire
       Iowa
 ...
The Primary Calendar
2008 Primaries                            Date
Iowa caucus                               January 3
Wy...
All About Primaries…
 In a closed primary, only voters who are 
 registered in the party can vote to choose a 
 candidate.
All About Primaries…
 In a closed primary, only voters who are 
 registered in the party can vote to choose a 
 candidate....
All About Primaries…
 In an open primary, voters can choose for a 
 candidate whether or not they’re 
 registered in the p...
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Primaries and Elections

  1. 1. Primaries and Elections
  2. 2. Primary Season Primary election: where voters choose  between candidates within one party. General election: where voters actually  choose a candidate for office.
  3. 3. Primary Season Primary election: where voters choose  between candidates within one party.  • Ex: Romney vs. McCain • Ex: Obama vs. Clinton General election: where voters actually  choose a candidate for office.  • Ex: McCain vs. Obama.
  4. 4. Primary Season The outcomes of primaries held early in  the year greatly influence who wins in  later primaries. As a result, candidates spend more time  and money in states with early  primaries. More states, in turn, are  scheduling their elections earlier than in  previous years.
  5. 5. Primary Season For example, in 2004 only nine states  held primaries before February 5. In  2008 22 states held elections on or  before February 5!
  6. 6. What’s this map distorted by?
  7. 7. What’s this map distorted0.4% of the US by? New Hampshire Iowa 1% of the US
  8. 8. The Primary Calendar 2008 Primaries Date Iowa caucus January 3 Wyoming caucus (Republican only) January 5 New Hampshire January 8 “Super Tuesday” (over 20 races – whoa!) February 5 Kentucky May
  9. 9. All About Primaries… In a closed primary, only voters who are  registered in the party can vote to choose a  candidate.
  10. 10. All About Primaries… In a closed primary, only voters who are  registered in the party can vote to choose a  candidate. • McCain could vote in a Republican primary  between Guiliani, Romney, and Thompson. • Obama (as a registered Democrat) could  NOT vote.
  11. 11. All About Primaries… In an open primary, voters can choose for a  candidate whether or not they’re  registered in the party.

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