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Data Snacks: Next up, the PPE

PPE. The Presidential Preference Election is our next election challenge. March 19, 2024.

The PPE is confusing. It’s not a primary, but waddles and quacks like a primary.

In about five weeks, Arizona’s partisan voters, will vote within their party to choose their preferred candidate for president. Technically, that candidate may or may not end up on the ballot because the final selection is made at the respective national party conventions by party delegates. Delegates are only required to use their best efforts to support the preferred candidate at the convention.

A primary chooses the nominee from among candidates. A preference election only gets you halfway there.

Arizona now has five certified political parties: Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, No Labels and Green. Only Democrats and Republicans have opted to hold PPE contests this year (no surprise).

Here are the nine Republicans and seven Democrats who will be on the ballot:

Who are some of these people?

In 2020 there were eighteen (!) Democratic candidates.  48.04% of Democrats voted.  Will 2024 be higher?

February 20 is the last day to register to vote, or change your party affiliation, so you can vote in the PPE. Check or update your registration at

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