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Primaries and caucuses are mechanisms used by political parties to choose candidates for public office. There are three forms of primaries, the direct primary, indirect primary and caucus. In direct primaries, party members vote for their preferred candidates, while in an indirect one, the ballots are for delegates who will in turn vote for their favored candidates. Unlike state-run primaries, caucuses are party-organized political forums which are usually held behind closed doors. Primaries and caucuses are typically held before each state or national level election.

The first ever direct primary was organized by the Crawford County Democratic Party in Meadville, Pennsylvania, on September 9, 1842. The practice was soon emulated by other political parties in several other states across the nation. However, the first legislation involving the primary process only emerged in 1896 in South Carolina.

The main push towards the implementation of a primary system came in the wake of the growing influence of an elite circle of king makers sitting at the top of the decision making hierarchies of major political parties in the country, often making decisions which do not reflect the prevailing sentiments on the ground.

Nonetheless, these primaries were held on an ad hoc and sporadic basis, and with no legal weight attached to their results, the process was frequently mired in controversies. However, the riots during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, attributed chiefly to the dissention within the party's ranks over the selection of a pro-war candidate, Vice-President Hubert Humphrey, as the presidential nominee by the party leadership, eventually led to the establishment of the McGovern-Fraser Commission to review the party's nomination process.

To prevent a similar recurrence, wide-scale reforms were implemented within the Democratic Party based on the recommendations of the Commission. A host of measures saw to the establishment of a transparent and representative nomination model. It eventually resulted in widespread changes to state election laws, which compelled similar changes to the nomination process of other political parties.

Four decades later, the political landscape of modern America has been transformed into a completely different animal. All fifty states, the District of Columbia, as well as the nine territories of the United States, now depend exclusively on primaries and caucuses to determine a party's election nominee.



Order by State
 
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Texas Primary Texas races and candidates

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
Illinois Primary Illinois races and candidates

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014
Indiana Primary Indiana races and candidates
North Carolina Primary North Carolina races and candidates
Ohio Primary Ohio races and candidates

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Nebraska Primary Nebraska races and candidates
West Virginia Primary West Virginia races and candidates

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
Arkansas Primary Arkansas races and candidates
Georgia Primary Georgia races and candidates
Idaho Primary Idaho races and candidates
Kentucky Primary Kentucky races and candidates
Oregon Primary Oregon races and candidates
Pennsylvania Primary Pennsylvania races and candidates

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Alabama Primary Alabama races and candidates
California Primary California races and candidates
Iowa Primary Iowa races and candidates
Mississippi Primary Mississippi races and candidates
Montana Primary Montana races and candidates
New Jersey Primary New Jersey races and candidates
New Mexico Primary New Mexico races and candidates
South Dakota Primary South Dakota races and candidates

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
Maine Primary Maine races and candidates
Nevada Primary Nevada races and candidates
North Dakota Primary North Dakota races and candidates
South Carolina Primary South Carolina races and candidates
Virginia Primary Virginia races and candidates

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Colorado Primary Colorado races and candidates
Maryland Primary Maryland races and candidates
New York Primary New York races and candidates
Oklahoma Primary Oklahoma races and candidates
Utah Primary Utah races and candidates

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Kansas Primary Kansas races and candidates
Michigan Primary Michigan races and candidates
Missouri Primary Missouri races and candidates
Washington Primary Washington races and candidates

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Tennessee Primary Tennessee races and candidates

Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Hawaii Primary Hawaii races and candidates

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014
Connecticut Primary Connecticut races and candidates
Minnesota Primary Minnesota races and candidates
Wisconsin Primary Wisconsin races and candidates

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Alaska Primary Alaska races and candidates
Wyoming Primary Wyoming races and candidates

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
Arizona Primary Arizona races and candidates
Florida Primary Florida races and candidates
Vermont Primary Vermont races and candidates

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Delaware Primary Delaware races and candidates
Massachusetts Primary Massachusetts races and candidates
New Hampshire Primary New Hampshire races and candidates
Rhode Island Primary Rhode Island races and candidates

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Louisiana Primary Louisiana races and candidates