The earliest method of nominating a candidate for political office was known as a caucus or convention
An early method of nominating political candidates required meetings called caucuses. At a caucus people decided on candidates based on the difference between their negative and positive aspects. Caucuses are used today and are very important in the nomination process.
A closed-vote primary (restricted to party members)
The nominating method that is oldest is the 'self-announcement.' This is when the candidate announces his or her intention to run for an elected office.
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