primary election

primary election
A nominating device of a political party; the selective mechanism by which the members of a political party express their preference in the selection of the party's candidates for public office. 25 Am J2d Elect § 148. An election conducted as a party affair for the selection of candidates to be placed on the official ballot at an election. Wagner v Gray (Fla) 74 So 2d 89.

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