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chief of state

the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government

chief executive

term for the president as vested with the executive power of the US

chief administrator

term for the president as head of the administration of the federal government

chief diplomat

the role of the president in recognizing foreign governments, making treaties, and effecting executive agreements

commander in chief

term for the president as commander of the nation's armed forces

chief legislator

the role of the president in influencing the making of laws

chief of party

term for the president as the leader of his or her political party

chief citizen

president reps the people

presidential succession

the vice president fufills the presidents place incase of emergency

presidential succession act of 1947

a President nor Vice President is able to "discharge the powers and duties of the office."

balance the ticket

a presidential candidate chooses a running mate who can strengthen his chance of being elected.

presidential elector

A person elected by the voters to represent them in making a formal selection of the Vice President and President

electoral vote

the official vote for president and vice president.

electoral college

the body of electors who formally elect the United States president and vice-president

presidential primary

an election in which a party's voters (1) choose state party organization's delegates to their party's national convention, and/or (2) express a preference for their party's presidential nomination


a system in which the candidate with the most district votes in a state gets all of the delegate votes from that state

proportional representation

representation of all parties in proportion to their popular vote


a closed political meeting

national convention

the meeting of party delegates every four years to choose a presidential ticket and write the party's platform.


a document stating the aims and principles of a political party

keynote address

speech given at a party convention to set the tone for the convention and the campaign to come

swing voter

a voter who can be persuaded either way.

battleground state

states in which the outcome of an election is too close to call and either candidate could win.

district plan

electors would be chosen in each State in the same way as members of Congress

proportional plan

each presidential candidate would receive the same share of a State's electoral vote as he or she received in the State's popular vote

direct popular election

getting rid of of the electoral vote and keep only the popular election

national popular vote plan

proposal for election the President whereby each state's election laws would provide for all the state;s electoral votes to be awarded to the winner of the national popular vote and enter into an interstate compact agreeing to elect the President by nation popular vote

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