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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The pass rate for sales tax increases is 76 percent in special elections but only 46 percent in general elections and 61 percent in primary elections.
According to a survey released by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) late Monday, around 74 percent of Muslim voters polled said they will be voting in upcoming primary elections, and 67 percent said they will vote for Democratic Party candidates.
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On primary election day, Riley trounced Moore, 67 percent to 33 percent.
He was chosen to lead a left-wing coalition in Italy through a primary election in which 4.3 million voted.
For the information of those congressmen who may not recall the history of the Senate Panama Canal giveaway, dig out your history and you will find that of the 67 senators who voted for the treaties, five were defeated in their next primary election, 20 were defeated in their next general election, and eight decided to retire rather than to face "our music." I say "our music" with a bit of pride because as one of the organizers of "The Committee to Defeat Howard Baker," I believe that 33 out of 67 is not a bad score.

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