What Is A Primary?A nominating primary election allows voters to select candidates for a subsequent election. "Primaries" are common in the United States and are conducted by the government on behalf of the Democratic and Republican political parties. Voters can vote in only one primary; they must declare a party affiliation. However, there are no monetary dues to pay to join and the voter can switch parties in the next primary if she so desires.
Minor parties in the United States select nominees in a less formalized and public manner.
How Do Republicans Select Delebates?
How Do Democrats Select Delegates?
All voters in the primary and all participants in the precinct meetings and caucuses must swear or affirm that they are registered voters of this precinct, that they consider themselves to be a Democrat, and that have not participated in the 2008 Presidential nominating process of any other political party.
Who Participates? And How?Any registered voter can participate in the New Hampshire primary, but she can vote in only one primary race, either the Republican or Democratic race.
How Did South Carolina Vote In Past Elections?
- 2004 : Bush (R) 57.98% ; Kerry (D) 40.90%
- 2000 : Bush (R) 56.83% ; Gore (D) 40.91% ; Nader (I) 1.47%
- 1996 : Clinton (D) 43.85% ; Dole (R) 49.89% ; Perot (I) 5.60%
- 1992 : Bush (R) 48.02% ; Clinton (D) 39.88% ; Perot (I) 11.55%
- 1988 : Bush (R) 61.50% ; Dukakis (D) 37.58%
- 1984 : Mondale (D) 35.57% ; Reagan (R) 63.55%
- 1980 : Carter (D) 48.04% ; Reagan (R) 49.57% ; Anderson (I) 1.59%
- 1976 : Carter (D) 56.17% ; Ford (R) 43.13