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An election to decide which of a party’s members will be nominated by the party to contest an election as the party’s candidate is called a primary election, or simply a primary.  Primaries can be organized by a party to select its candidates, or primaries can be run as part of the official election process and regulated by legislation.  This is the case for presidential elections in many states of the United States.
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