The Rules and Politics of American Primaries: A State-by-State Guide to Republican and Democratic Primaries and Caucuses, 1st Edition

  • Andrew E. Busch
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  • ISBN-10: 1440859043
  • ISBN-13: 9781440859045
  • DDC: 324.273
  • 312 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released January 2020
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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In 2020, the parties will again nominate their candidates for president. Those nominations will play out in a complicated system of federal law, state law, national party rules, state party rules, and informal norms that have developed over decades. This resource provides a roadmap for understanding the rules of the game and the ways in which they impact elections and politics across the United States. This reference work is organized in two parts. Part I consists of a series of short thematic essays discussing topics such as what primaries and caucuses are, what the difference between open and closed primaries is, varying methods used by the parties for delegate selection, and how campaign finance works in the primaries. Part II consists of a state-by-state description of recent primary/caucus history and the methods currently used for delegate selection by Democrats and Republicans in each state.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Foundations of the Presidential Nominating System.
1: Historical Overview.
2: How Caucuses Work.
3: How Primaries Work.
4: Open vs. Closed Primaries.
5: The Nomination Calendar.
6: The Importance of Iowa, New Hampshire, and Other Early Contests.
7: Candidate Debates During the Primary Season.
8: Campaign Finance.
9: Voting Behavior.
10: Methods of Awarding Delegates.
11: Delegate Selection, Rights, and Responsibilities.
12: The Party Conventions.
13: National Primaries and Other.
14: Third-Party Presidential Nominations.
State-by-State Guide.
15: Alabama.
16: Alaska.
17: Arizona.
18: Arkansas.
19: California.
20: Colorado.
21: Connecticut.
22: Delaware.
23: District of Columbia.
24: Florida.
25: Georgia.
26: Hawaii.
27: Idaho.
28: Illinois.
29: Indiana.
30: Iowa.
31: Kansas.
32: Kentucky.
33: Louisiana.
34: Maine.
35: Maryland.
36: Massachusetts.
37: Michigan.
38: Minnesota.
39: Mississippi.
40: Missouri.
41: Montana.
42: Nebraska.
43: Nevada.
44: New Hampshire.
45: New Jersey.
46: New Mexico.
47: New York.
48: North Carolina.
49: North Dakota.
50: Ohio.
51: Oklahoma.
52: Oregon.
53: Pennsylvania.
54: Rhode Island.
55: South Carolina.
56: South Dakota.
57: Tennessee.
58: Texas.
59: Utah.
60: Vermont.
61: Virginia.
62: Washington.
63: West Virginia.
64: Wisconsin.
65: Wyoming.
66: U.S. Territories and Americans Abroad.
About the Editor.