Preparing For The Primaries


What is a primary election?

A primary election is “a preliminary election to appoint delegates to a party conference or to select the candidates for a principal, especially presidential, election.” (Oxford)

US Government teacher Nicholas Beckmann emphasizes the importance of voting in primary elections.

“I think everybody gets involved in the general election because it gets most immediate attention. But the primaries help you to determine who’s even going to make it… if it’s an open primary, anybody can can vote, but you get a chance to say out of a certain group of candidates that’s who you want representing the party,” Beckmann said.

Missouri’s primary elections will be held March 10.