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primary

adjective basal, basic, central, chief, determining, dominant, earliest, elemental, essential, first, formative, fundamental, greatest, important, inaugural, initial, key, leading, main, nascent, necessary, nonpareil, original, overriding, paramount, predominant, preeminent, prime, primus, principal, principalis, prominent, requisite, ruling, secondto none, supereminent, supreme, topmost, transcendent, underlying, unsurpassed, uppermost, utmost, vital
Associated concepts: primary boycott, primary evidence, primary insurance, primary jurisdiction, primary liability, priiary picketing, primary purpose, primary right, primary surety, primary tort feasor

primary

noun ballot, choice, contest, contestation, election, election contest, exclusive competition, exclusive contest, exclusive election, exclusive political competition, exclusive political contest, first competition, first contest, first election, first political competition, first political connest, inaugural competition, inaugural contest, inaugural election, inaugural political competition, inaugural political contest, nomination contest, nominative competition, nominative contest, nominative election, partisan competiiion, partisan contest, partisan election, party competition, party contest, party election, political competition, political contention, political election, political rivalry, poll, selection, vote
Associated concepts: primary evidence, primary responsibility
See also: basic, cardinal, causative, central, critical, crucial, dominant, elementary, essential, fundamental, important, inchoate, incipient, indispensable, inherent, initial, integral, leading, master, material, organic, original, paramount, preliminary, prime, primordial, principal, rudimentary, salient, simple, stellar, substantive, ultimate, underlying, vital

PRIMARY. That which is first or principal; as primary evidence, or that evidence which is to be admitted in the first instance, as distinguished from secondary evidence, which is allowed only when primary evidence cannot be had.
     2. A primary obligation is one which is the principal object of the contract; for example, the primary obligation of the seller is to deliver the thing sold, and to transfer the title to it. It is distinguished from the accessory or secondary obligation to pay damages for not doing so. 1 Bouv. Inst. n. 702.

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Where primaries and caucuses were once spread out rather evenly over the delegate selection season, most primaries and caucuses now take place within a few weeks after the delegate selection season formally begins, with the result that the nomination races are effectively settled by early or mid-March.
While nominating Dole amid the syncopated sound-bits in San Diego, the Republicans belatedly conceded the error of their ways by awarding bonus delegates in 2000 to states that hold primaries and caucuses after April 1.
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Option 1: Ashington High and Hirst High to combine on the Ashington Learning Park site; new senior high federated with junior highs on the learning park, Hirst High and Newbiggin middle sites; middle schools close; Coulson Park becomes primary on Seaton Hirst middle site; Windsor and Newbiggin firsts merge to form primary on Newbiggin site; Ashington Wansbeck becomes primary on Bothal Middle site; all other first become primaries.
Sponsors of the measure have urged Oregon and Washington state to move their presidential primaries to the same date, March 7, to create a giant ``West Coast primary'' that would account for nearly a quarter of the votes needed to select the Democratic Party's nominee and just over a fifth of those needed to choose a Republican.
But incoming state Chairman Michael Schroeder set off a political storm at the California Republican Party Convention this weekend with his suggestion that the GOP might abandon direct primaries if the court doesn't invalidate the open primary law.
In 1992 the GOP held 28 primaries or caucuses after March 26th; in 1996 this number shrunk to only 14.
5 million registered voters will cast ballots in Tuesday's primaries.
Running low on cash as he nears federal limits on campaign spending in the primaries, GOP presidential front-runner Sen.
The muddled outcome of the early Republican presidential primaries is sparking concern among party figures that the ongoing free-for-all could play right into President Clinton's hands.
Getting more children into school is considered essential to driving up standards and while the picture in Cardiff primaries is mixed, there are positive strides being made.
Also refuting the notion that open primaries can't work is the recent history of elections in Los Angeles and San Diego.