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18 Cards in this Set

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an association of voters with broad, common interests who want to influence or control decision making in government by electing the party's candidates to public office
political party
a system of government in which two parties compete for power
two party system
challengers of the two major parties
third parties
a series of statements expressing the party's priciples, beliefs, and positions on election issues
each individual part of the platform
a commitee that helps raise funds for presidential elections and organizes the party's national convention
national committee
runs the committee and manages the office, direct the committee staff, and lead fund-raising efforts.
national party chairperson
nominate candidates for president and vice president
a geographic area that contains a specific number of voters.
runs the committee, often has a great deal of political power in the county.
county chairperson
a strong party organization
political machine
a process by which political parties select and offer candidates for public office
the way major parties in all states nominate condidates at all levels of government
direct primaries
an election in which only the declared members of a party are allowed to vote for that party's nominees
closed primary
voters do not need to declare their party preference in order to bote fotr the party's nominees
open primary
the most votes among all those running
second primary election between the two candidates who recieved the most votes in the first primary election
runoff primary
a formal request for government action; or a process by which candidates who are not affiliated with one of the two major parties can get on the ballot for the general election in most states.