Election question?

Discussion in 'Campfire' started by 25/06, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. 25/06

    25/06 Well-Known Member

    What is the difference between "caucus" and "primary"? I heard the vote in New Hampshire referred as "the first primary". If thats the case, what was Iowa? I'm confused!
  2. Wes Ramsey

    Wes Ramsey Well-Known Member

    If I understand it correctly, a primary is where you vote for a single candidate among those in your party to run for election. A caucus, depending on how it's run, you don't vote until the candidate or their delegate have had a chance to pursuede you to vote for them. Before the vote they take a show of hands to see who intends to vote for who. When a candidate has less than 15% of the total vote, the other candidates are allowed to try and talk those voters into voting for them. Once every candidate has had their say, then the voters can choose to either vote for another candidate or stay where they are. Then they take a final vote, and those are the numbers you see on TV.

    Sounds like fun, huh? :smack:

  3. D33RHUNT3R

    D33RHUNT3R Well-Known Member

    Primary= is a goverment run election of a candidate (the new way)

    caucus= is a publicly run election of a candidate (The old way) thats basically it I think...