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Candidate centered politics
politics that focuses on candidates, their particular issues, and character rather than party affiliation
an election that signals party realignment through voter polarization around new issues and personalities
a party meeting held in the presidential election year for the purpose of nominating a presidential and vice presidential ticket and adopting a platform
national party platform
a statement of general and specific philosophy and policy goals of a political party usually promulgated at the national convention
citizens personal affinity for a political party usually demonstrated by a tendency to vote for candidates of that party
dramatic shifts in partisan preferences that drastically alter the political landscape
party organization that recruits voter loyalty with tangible incentives and characterized by high degrees of control over member activity
organized effort by office holders, voters, activists, and candidates to pursue common interests by gaining and exercising power through the electoral process
a voting system that apportions legistlative seats according to the percentage of votes won by a particular political party
a gradual rearrangement of party coalition based more on demographic shifts than on shocks to the political system
delegate to democratic party's national convention that is reserved for a party official, whose vote at the convention is un-pledged to an individual candidate
institutional collection of policy-oriented researchers and academics who are sources of political ideas
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