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Primaries and Caucuses

Sure, the election in November is pretty important--but presidential candidates can’t even make it onto the ballot without first winning their share of primaries and caucuses! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby explain how voters in each state get to help choose the nominees for the highest office in the land. Discover how primary elections and caucuses work, and why they’re such an important part of the nomination process. Learn how delegates to the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions are awarded, and why superdelegates might be the most powerful people at these conventions. And see how Iowa, New Hampshire, and a busy day called Super Tuesday can help decide which candidates will still be running on Election Day!

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Why do we have primaries and caucuses?

In a Presidential election, what is a delegate?

Why do some states have primaries and some states have caucuses?