direct primary election
- The definition of a direct primary election is when people vote for candidates of their political party by direct vote instead of by delegates at a convention.
An example of a direct primary election is the California primary election in which registered voters vote for their favorite candidate in their political party who will then represent their party as a candidate in the final election.
direct primary election definition by Webster's New World
a preliminary election at which candidates for public office are chosen by direct vote of the people instead of by delegates at a convention: in voters must declare party affiliation and may vote only for candidates of their party