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How do voters select presidential nominees?
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  1. Voters can select presidential nominees either through the primary system or through a caucus. In caucuses, Republican and Democratic voters in each state choose delegates to represent them at their party's national convention. The number of Democratic state delegates is in proportion to the number of votes received in the caucus. In the Republican Party, with its winner-take-all primaries, all state delegates are represented by one - the candidate/delegate who won the most votes in his or her state's caucus at the national convention. Party rules dictate how many delegates each party can send to the national convention. This is usually done by using a formula based on the state population, how many officials are in office and the state's past support of that party's candidates. Federal law doesn't dictate how to vote; each state chooses whether to use the primary system or the caucus system.

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