Chapter 10: Elections & Campaigns

  1. Incumbent
    The person already holding an elective office.
  2. General Election
    An election held to choose which candidates will hold office.
  3. Closed Primary
    A primary election in which voting is limited to already registered party members.
  4. Blanket Primary
    A primary election in which each voter may vote for candidates from both parties
  5. Presidential Primary
    contests held by state political parties to determine the composition of state delegations to the national nominating conventions.
  6. Retrospective Voting
    Voting for a candidate because you like his or her past actions in office.
  7. Split Ticket
    Voting for candidates of different parties for various offices in the same election.
  8. Valance Issue
    An issue about which the public is united and rival candidates or political parties adopt similar positionsin hopes that each will be thought to best represent those widely shared beliefs.
  9. PAC
    is the name commonly given to a private group, regardless of size, organized to elect political candidates or to advance the outcome of a political issue or legislation
  10. Primary Elections
    An election held to choose candidates for office.
  11. Open Primary
    A primary election in which voters may choose in which party to vote as they enter the polling place.
  12. Runoff Primary
    A second primary election held when no candidate wins a majority of the votes in the first primary.
  13. Prospective Voting
    Voting for a cnadidate because you favor his or her ideas for handling issues.
  14. Realigning Election (critical)
    the coming to power for several decades of a new coalition, replacing an old dominant coalition of the other party
  15. Straight Ticket
    Voting for candidates who are all of the same party.
  16. Coattails
    The alleged tendency of candidates to win more votes in an election because of the presence at the top of the ticket of a better-known candidates, such as the president.
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