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  • 1. Primaries and Elections
  • 2. Primary Season Primary election: where voters choose  between candidates within one party. General election: where voters actually  choose a candidate for office.
  • 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. 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. 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. What’s this map distorted by?
  • 7. What’s this map distorted0.4% of the US by? New Hampshire Iowa 1% of the US
  • 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. All About Primaries… In a closed primary, only voters who are  registered in the party can vote to choose a  candidate.
  • 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. All About Primaries… In an open primary, voters can choose for a  candidate whether or not they’re  registered in the party.