No, Presidential Races Aren't Like NCAA Brackets

Basketball contests aren't the same as primaries.
They both use sports arenas, though. Photographer: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Given that March Madness will be starting soon, it's time to erase another presidential nomination process myth that seems to be picking up steam. Let's call it the "brackets" myth: the idea that nominations are structured sort of like the National Collegiate Athletic Association hoops tournament. For example, this from Chris Cillizza:

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