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political party
group seeks to elect candidates to public office
mugwumps or progressives
republican party faction of the 1890s to the 1910s, compose of reformers who opposed patronage
critical or realignment period
periods when a major lasting shift occurs in the popular coalition supporting one or both parties
split ticket
voting for candidates of different parties for various offices in the same election
straight ticket
voting for candidates who are all of the same party
office-bloc ballot
a ballot listing all candidates of a given office under the name of that office; also called a Massachusetts ballot
party-column ballot
a ballot listing all candidates of a given party together under the name of that party; also call an indiana ballot
national convention
a meeting of party delegates held every four years
national committee
delegates who run party affairs between national conventions
congressional campaign committee
a party committee in congress that provides funds to members and would be member
national chairman
day to day party manager elected by the national committee
superdelegates
party leaders and elected officials who become delegates to the national convention without having to run in primaries or caucuses
political machine
a party organization that recruits members by dispensing patronage
ideological party
party that values principled stands on issues above all else
solidary incentives
social rewards
sponsored party
local or state political party that is largely supported by another organization in the community
personal following
support provided to a candidate on the basis of personal popularity and networks
two-party system
with two dominant parties that compete in national elections
plurality system
electoral system in which the winner is the person who get the most votes, even if he or she does not receive a majority; used in almost all American elections
caucus
a meeting of party members to select delegates backing one or another primary candidates