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Political parties have become increasingly unpopular and have lost a great amount of power because of it Interest groups are slowly picking up where parties left behind and are becoming more and more important not only in mobilizing voters but also in lobbying government officials to aide their cause In the early 1900s parties solely were in charge of the nomination process A small group of party leaders also known as a caucus would choose who would run against the opposing partys candidate and what office this individual would be seeking It was a process that was closed off to everyone but the party leaders and thus could be tagged undemocratic Years later because of the Party Machines of the north and the completely Democratic south primaries replaced caucuses Primaries allowed for members not only leaders of the party to vote for whom they wanted to nominate Primaries also gave individuals the right to run for office under their partys name Thus the party couldnt prohibit anyone from running for public office as a member of that particular party if the individual was a registered member of that party The primary system of nominations has become so vast and popular that it has broken down into three different styles each practiced by different states open closed and blanket Open primaries are just that open for anyone to vote in any party For example a Democrat can vote in the Republican primary and vice versa Closed primaries which are the most widely used are closed to people belonging to that party Republicans can only vote in the Republican primaries and Democrats the same Blanket primaries practiced in only a few states are relatively open in the sense that both Democrats and Republicans can vote for members of either party in different races they dont have to vote for candidates of only one party The primary system is set up so that adverse effects can
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