U.S. Presidential Primaries and the Caucus-Convention System: A Sourcebook

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Glossary
at-large delegates. Delegates to the national convention awarded by the national party as bonuses and incentives to the state parties.
bonus delegates. Extra (bonus) delegates awarded to states that have carried their party ticket for the presidential, congressional, or gubernatorial elections.
caucus: A public or private meeting of party leaders and members to pick or nominate candidates for public office.
Charter Commission (Sanford Commission). Chaired by former North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford, the Democratic Charter Commission was given the task of institutionalizing the party structure and creating a new party charter after the 1972 Democratic National Convention.
closed primary. In-state party primaries to nominate candidates for president and to select national convention delegates and state officeholders; participation in the closed primary is restricted to registered party voters.
Compliance Review Commission. An outgrowth of a continuing dispute between members of the Mikulski Commission ( 1973- 1974) and party regulars on the Democratic National Committee, established to monitor state party conformance with newly enacted party rules governing the national convention delegates selection process.
Congressional Caucus--"King Caucus." First used in 1800, the Congressional Caucus served as the original nominating institution for presidential candidates before the rise of the national nominating convention. Membership consisted of all members belonging to the party in the House and Senate.
Delegates and Organizations (DO) Committee. Established in June 1969 in response to a directive from the 1968 Republican National Convention, "to study and review" party organization and procedures, but had no authority to change party rules.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Preface ix
  • Notes xii
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • 1 - Presidential Nominations-- American Style 1
  • Introduction 8
  • 2 - History of Presidential Nominations (1789-1968) 9
  • Notes 18
  • 3 - Party Reform 20
  • Notes 32
  • 4 - Presidential Primaries in the Postreform Era (1972-1996) 34
  • Notes 44
  • 5 - The Caucus-Convention System 45
  • Notes 57
  • 6 - National Convention Delegate Selection Before and After Mcgovern-Fraser Reforms 59
  • Notes 66
  • 7 - Who Are the Delegates? 67
  • Notes 81
  • 8 - Nominating Strategies 83
  • Summary 98
  • Notes 99
  • 9 - Nominating Finance 101
  • Notes 122
  • 10 - Supreme Court Decisions and Presidential Nominations 125
  • Notes 132
  • 11 - Primaries, Caucuses, and the Mass Media 134
  • Notes 144
  • 12 - Primary Debates 146
  • Notes 155
  • 13 - Polls and Primaries 157
  • Notes 170
  • 14 - Voter Participation in Primaries and Caucuses 172
  • Notes 192
  • 15 - Proposed National Primary 195
  • Notes 205
  • 16 - Regional Primaries 206
  • Notes 213
  • 17 - National Preprimary Convention Plan and Other Recent Reform Proposals 215
  • Notes 221
  • 18 - National Nominating Conventions 223
  • Notes 251
  • 19 - Presidential Nominations: The Perot Model 254
  • Notes 261
  • Appendixes 263
  • Glossary 269
  • Selected Bibliography 275
  • Index 283
  • About the Author 295
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