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The official endorsement of a candidate for office by a political party. Generally success in nomination game requires momentum, money, and media.

General Elections

election in which voters choose their leaders for elected offices

Closed Primary

a primary in which only registered members of a particular political party can vote

Open Primary

Primary election in which any voter, regardless of party, may vote.

Blanket Primary

a primary election in which each voter may vote for candidates from both parties


in an election, the number of votes that the leading candidate obtains over the next highest candidate

Runoff Primary

When no candidate receives a majority of votes, an election held betweent eh two candidates who received the most votes in the primary

Super Delegates

National party leaders who automatically get a delegate slot the democratic national party convention

Federal Matching Funds

Federal Election Campaign Act provides for public funding of presidential candidates. Candidates must raise at least $5,000 in individual contributions of $200 or less in each of 20 states and may then apply for federal funds to match all individual contributions of $250 or less that they receive

Super Tuesday

Day when several states hold their presidential primaries (usually the second Tuesday in March)

Front- Loading

Scheduling presidential primary elections early (E.G., February or March) in an election year.

Federal Election Commission

a six-member bipartisan agency that enforces and administers campaign finance laws

Brokered Conventions

At a political presidential convention, when one candidate does not have a majority, they go to ballots to negotiate a victor


the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory

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