How presidential primaries work
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First, a representative sponsors a bill. The bill is then assigned to a committee for study. If released by the committee, the bill is put on a calendar to be voted on, debated or amended.
A state's primary election or caucus is usually an indirect election: instead of voters directly selecting a particular person running for president , they determine the number of delegates each party's national convention will receive from their respective state.
The candidate who receives a majority of electoral votes (270) wins the Presidency. The number 538 is the sum of the nation's 435 Representatives, 100 Senators, and 3 electors given to the District of Columbia.
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