Political Primaries

The primary is the first step towards electing our President. See what you know about the process.

Quiz

1. Which State held the first presidential primary in 1905?

  • Wisconsin
  • New Hampshire
  • Pennsylvania

2. Some states have open primaries. This means:

  • You may vote for candidates outside your own party.
  • You may vote for candidates in each party.
  • The party leaders also have a say in the voting.

3. Which of the following candidates did not run in a single primary, yet won his party's nomination for President?

  • Richard Nixon
  • Hubert Humphrey
  • Dwight Eisenhower

4. What are the requirements for running in a primary?

  • The party must have received four percent of the state's previous gubernatorial or senatorial elections.
  • The party must pay a fee of $10,000.
  • A primary is open to any party that wants to run.

5. To enter the New Hampshire primary, you must pay a filing fee of $1,000. What did candidate Austin Burton try to substitute for the fee in 1972?

  • A four-foot long snakeskin.
  • A hand-painted self portrait.
  • His favorite horse.

1. Which State held the first presidential primary in 1905?
Wisconsin

2. Some states have open primaries. This means:
You may vote for candidates outside your own party.

3. Which of the following candidates did not run in a single primary, yet won his party's nomination for President?
Hubert Humphrey

4. What are the requirements for running in a primary?
The party must have received four percent of the state's previous gubernatorial or senatorial elections.

5. To enter the New Hampshire primary, you must pay a filing fee of $1,000. What did candidate Austin Burton try to substitute for the fee in 1972?
A four-foot long snakeskin.

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