Competitive states in which no candidate has an overwhelming advantage, and therefore Electoral College votes are in play.
a political phenomenon that notes that the state of Missouri voted for the winner in every U.S. Presidential election beginning in 1904 except every 52-year intervals (in 1956 and in 2008).
A private meeting of members of a political party to select candidates.
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 candidate, such as the president
an increased in the popularity of a candidate after the party nominating convention; boost
an election in which party members select people to run in the general election
where presidential candidates are selected and a separate slate of delegates is also voted on. New Hampshire use this type of primary
a politician favored mainly in his or her home state
The recent tendency of states to hold primaries early in the calendar in order to capitalize on media attention.
The difference between the political opinions or political behavior of men and women.
high tech campaign
Use of direct mail to generate support and money for the candidate
Get media attention through ad budget and "free" coverage
Emphasis on "marketing" a candidate
News focuses on strategies and events, not on policies
paid political commercials usually lasting longer than the average 30- or 60-second paid political ad
the first phase of the presidential nomination process, where candidates attempt to gain front-runner status and raise the most money.
speech given at a party convention to set the tone for the convention and the campaign to come
donations to presidential campaigns from the federal government that are determined by the amount of private funds a qualifying candidate raises.
non preferential primary
Where voters choose delegates who are not bound to vote for the winning primary candidate.
a meeting of the members of a party in a legislative chamber to select party leaders and to develop party policy. Called a conference by the republicans
place the party first; value winning elections and understand that compromise and moderation may be necessary to reach the objective; realize it is important to keep the party together.
political action committee
committee formed by a special-interest group to raise money for their favorite political candidates (PAC)
where voters choose delegates who are bound to vote for the winning primary candidate
Election in which party voters cast ballots for the presidential candidate they favor and in doing so help determine the number of national convention delegates that candidate will receive
term coined in 1996 presidential election referring to those suburban women, some of whom are single parents, who supported President Clinton because of his articulation of their values
people hired by presidents to interpret reality in a way that makes them look good; presidents do this so the press will report the issues in a light that is favorable to them
A delegate to the Democratic National Convention who is eligible to attend because he or she is an elected party official. The Democrats reserve a specific set of delegate slots for party officials.
Day when several states hold their presidential primaries (usually the second Tuesday in March)
thirty second spots
paid political ads; 30 seconds in duration
voting with one party for one office and with another party for other offices
a poll taken for the candidate on a nearly daily basis as election day approaches
The number of eligible voters who actually vote in an election.