What is a primary election? Why do we have primary elections?
We have two major parties in our nation today, the Republican and Democratic parties. Within each party, there is a variety of opinions and sometimes there is more than one person in a party who wants run for a particular office. A primary is the election within a party to choose the candidate to represent that party in the general election. It’s like the election before the election. There are primaries for many different offices such as President, Senate, Mayor, city council, etc.
How does our primary process work?
When it comes to the Presidential Primary elections, each party decides when each state has its vote. In 2012, the primary elections started in January with Iowa and finish up in June in Washington D.C..