Front Loading Law and Legal Definition

Front-Loading describes the tendency for states to move their primaries and caucuses forward, in an attempt to be among the first states holding a nominating contest.

State authorities believe that coming at the front of the queue increases their influence on the nomination process. In 2008, both major parties attempted to crack down on front-loading by ruling that only certain states were allowed to hold contests before 5 February, and that any state that broke the rules was to have its convention delegation either taken away or halved.