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5 Matching questions

  1. Electoral College
  2. Superdelegate
  3. Factions
  4. Realigning ("critical") election
  5. McCain- Feingold Bill (Campaign Finance Reform Act of 2002)
  1. a Representatives of each state who cast the final ballots that actually elect a president
  2. b an election in which there is a long term change in party alignment, e.g., 1932
  3. c Raised hard money limits to $2000; Banned soft money contributions to national political parties
  4. d A delegate to the DNC who is there by virtue of holding an office
  5. e term used by Madison to denote what we now call interest groups

5 Multiple choice questions

  1. more votes than anyone else, but less than half, e.g., Clinton won a plurality (43%) of popular votes in 1992, but not a majority. Plurality elections such as those for Congress are won by the person with the most votes, regardless if he/she has a majority
  2. local party meeting
  3. redrawing of congressional district boundaries by the party in power of the state legislature
  4. reallocation of House seats to the states on the basis of changes in state populations, as determined by the census
  5. contention that parties are less meaningful to voters, who have abandoned the parties in greater numbers to become independents

5 True/False questions

  1. Super Tuesdayan office that is extremely likely to be won by a particular candidate or political party


  2. Party platforma list of positions and programs that the party adopts at the national convention. Each position is called a plank.


  3. Pluralismtheory that policy making is the result of interest group competition


  4. Coattail effectelection in which the officeholders are chosen. Contrast with a primary election, in which only the candidates are chosen.


  5. Blanket primaryelection to choose candidates that is open to independents, and in which voters may choose candidates from any one party