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When a candidate wins an election but does not get more than 50% of the votes.

Open Primaries

An election to decide party nominees where voters can decide which party to vote in election day.

Partisan Election

An election where the name and party affiliation of a candidate is addressed to the voter on the ballot.

Primary Election

An election where nominees are chosen to run in the general election.

Single-Member Districts

An electoral district in which voters choose one representative or official.

Super Tuesday

A Tuesday of the year in which many primaries are held.

Two Party System

A political system with two major parties

Blanket Primaries

An election to select party nominees in which voters are presented with a list of candidates from all the parties on the ballot.


Informal meetings where candidates are decided to be voted for.

Closed Primaries

An elections to select a party nominee in which only people who have registered in advance with the party can vote for that party's candidates.


Someone who is appointed to represent a group of people.

Non-Partisan Election

An election without political parties.

Off-year Election

Elections that are on odd years.

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