Chapter 8 AP gov vocab
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Delegates are individuals chosen to represent their states at their party conventions prior to a presidential election.
Decline in party loyalties that reduces long term party commitment.
One of the two major American political parties evolving out of the Republican Party of Thomas Jefferson
Situation in which one major political party controls the presidency and the other controls the Chambers of Congress, or in which one party controls a state governorship and the other controls the state legislature.
Group of electors selected by voters in each state. Elects President and VP of US.
era of good feelings
1817-1825-- When James Monroe was president and had, in effect, no political opposition.
Subgroup/block within a legislature/political party acting in pursuit of some special interest or position.
Standing committee of a national political party established to direct and coordinate party activities between national party conventions.
Meeting held every four years by each major party to select presidential and vice presidential candidates, to write a platform, to choose a national committee, and to conduct party business.
Linking oneself to a particular political party
All elected and appointed officials who identify with a political party
Members of general public who identify with a political party or who express a preference for one party over another
Formal structure and leadership of a political party, including election committees; local, state, and national executives; and paid professional staff.
Document drawn up at each national convention outlining the policies, positions, and principles of the party
Rewarding faithful party workers and followers with government employment and contracts
A number of votes cast for a candidate that is greater than the number of votes for any other candidate, but not necessarily a majority
Group of political activists who organize to win elections, operate the government, and determine public policy
Process in which a substantial group of voters switches party allegiance, producing long-term change in political landscape.
One of two major political American parties. Emerged in 1850s as an antislavery party and consisted of former Northern Whigs and antislavery Democrats
District that returns the legislator with 55 percent of the vote or more
New party formed by a dissident faction within a major political party.
state central committee
The principal organized structure of each political party within each state
Voting exclusively for the candidates of one party
Voters who frequently swing their support from one party to another
Political Party other than the two major political parties.
Voting for candidates of two or more parties for different offices.
Phenomenon that occurs when a group that is becoming more numerous over time grows large enough to change the political balance in a district, state, or country.
Political system in which only two parties have a chance of winning
Rule by which all of a state's electoral votes are cast for the presidential candidate receiving a plurality of the popular vote in that state.
Major party in the US during the first half of the 19th century. (est. 1936)