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political party and their functions
a group of persons who seek to control government through winning of elections and the holding of public office
electoral district from which one person is chosen by voters for each elected office
the number of votes that the leading candidate obtains over the next highest candidate in an election
general agreement among various groups on fundamental matters; broad agreement on public questions
a system in which several major and many lesser parties exist, seriously compete for, and actually win, public offices
a temporary alliance of several groups who come together to form a working majority and so to control a government
the effect of a strong candidate running for an office at the top of a ballot helping to attract voters to other candidates on the party's ticket
parties based on a particular set of beliefs, a comprehensive view of social, economic and political matters
economic protest parties
parties rooted in poor economic times, lacking a clear ideological base, dissatisfied with current conditions and demanding better times
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