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firehouse primary

firehouse primary
 n.— «Political parties in the Commonwealth of Virginia generally employ four methods for selecting party nominees…(3) party canvass or unassembled caucus, also called a “firehouse primary.”…A dissenting argument might be made that although “firehouse primaries,” which typically are restricted to party members and may contain some form of loyalty oath, are political gatherings, primary elections conducted by the State Board of Elections are not political gatherings because all voters may participate.» —“Commonwealth of Virginia Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee Opinion 99-6″ by Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission,  Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee Virginia’s Judicial System Nov. 15, 1999. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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