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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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Option 1: Berwick High becomes secondary; middle schools close; Berwick St Mary's merges with Holy Trinity on Berwick Middle site; Lowick becomes a primary with satellite at Holy Island; Horncliffe and Norham merge at Norham; Wooler becomes primary with satellite provision at Milfield; all other first schools become primaries.
To many observers, perhaps the greatest single shortcoming of the "reformed" system is that it has taken the nomination decision away from organized, institutional parties and entrusted it to ordinary voters who participate in primaries and caucuses.
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.
Also, many schools that had let election officials use their facilities for polling during June primaries are not allowing use this year because the primary is in March when classes are in session.
The agreement recognizes that the blanket primary system currently in Washington state law conflicts with the decisions of the two major political parties about which voters they will choose to have participate in the selection of their nominees in future 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.
One incumbent facing a tough race in the nonpartisan county primaries is District Attorney Gil Garcetti, whose office has come under heavy criticism in the aftermath of the O.
However, most analysts expect Dole probably will have clinched the nomination before California, barring an upset win by Forbes or Buchanan in the "Super Tuesday" primaries in the South next week or in the Midwest "Rust Belt" primaries the week after, he said.