The American Plan For Presidential Primaries

Also known as the “graduated random rotating primary” system, the American Plan would allow small states to go first and larger states later, but it also introduces some randomness so the largest states don’t always go last. Below is just one way the map might look under this complicated plan.

Maps: Primary election groupings Maps: Primary election groupings


In this arrangement, Guam and Puerto Rico would be in group 3, while American Samoa and the Virgin Islands would be in group 4.