The seeds for publishing this sourcebook on primaries and caucuses were planted some years ago by then Greenwood acquisition editor Mildred Vasan , now retired. Her persistence in persuading me to undertake this project has finally resulted in the completion of the first full-length source book on these timely topics.
Professor John Geer, Vanderbilt University, and a close student of presidential primaries, reviewed the entire manuscript, and I am deeply grateful for the numerous suggestions he offered to improve it.
Publication of this sourcebook would have been miserably difficult without the underwriting support furnished by Dr. Roland DeLorme, provost/ vice president for Academic Affairs, Dean Moheb Ghali, Graduate School, and Geri Walker, director, Bureau of Faculty Research, Western Washington University.
Word processing of the manuscript has been efficiently handled by David and Barbara Washburn. My copyeditor, Susan E. Badger, deserves a special vote of thanks for her meticulous manuscript review. Finally, I would like to thank my editor, Nita H. Romer, for her unfailing help in avoiding many of the pitfalls that authors invariably encounter throughout the publication process.