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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) government US a primary in which only members of a particular party may vote. Compare open primary
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|Noun||1.||closed primary - a primary in which only registered members of a particular political party can vote; "closed primaries strengthen party unity"|
direct primary - a primary where voters directly select the candidates who will run for office
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