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50 Cards in this Set

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The big winner in the 2010 midterm elections was the
Republican Party
Many successful Republican candidates in 2010 identified with the _______ movement.
Tea Party
The U.S. presidential election takes place every four years on the
the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
The electorate consists of
citizens eligible to vote.
A primary in which only a party's registered voters are eligible to participate is
The process that allows citizens to propose legislation and submit it to the electorate for popular vote is called a/an
The procedure by which the state legislature offers proposed legislation for voter approval is called a/an
can be political instruments used to protect politicians.
In some states, incumbents can be removed from office in the middle of their term by a popular vote called a/an
Most states today choose their nominee for the president using
primary elections
In recent years, states have chosen early dates for their presidential primaries in order to gain influence in the process. This is called
Reapportionment has moved political power from the Northeast to the
south and west
The Electoral College was designed
I. to work without political parties.
II. to cover the nominating phase of presidential selection.
III. to cover the selection phase of presidential selection.
IV. to produce a nonpartisan president.
1, 2, 3 & 4
All of the following are reasons an incumbent member of Congress may be defeated EXCEPT
she has served for nearly thirty years
The gender gap became prevalent in American politics in
Voting based on what a candidate says they will do if elected is called
prospective judgement
Many voters vote ______, meaning they vote for candidates based on past performance on a particular issue.
Convicted felons are allowed to vote
only in certain states
currently make up a majority of the U.S. electorate.
Among the reasons that people do not vote include
I. feeling uninformed.
II. bad weather.
III. being too busy.
IV. having an illness or emergency.
2, 3 & 4
The United States holds _______ elections as most other Western democracies.
twice as many
Among proposals to increase voter turnout are ones to
make Election Day a holiday
Early voting is prevalent in all of the following regions EXCEPT the
Internet voting
has been tested in some primary elections but has not gained widespread popularity.
Many people are concerned about the use of mail-in ballots because
they fear that mailing ballots opens up a range of opportunities for voter fraud.
In the U. S., only about _____ of the voting-age population votes in presidential elections.
Which of the following were practices used by states to deny citizens the right to vote?
a. White primary
b. poll tax
c. registration requirements
d. literacy tests
all of the above
Which of the following states did Barack Obama carry in the 2008 election?
The length of campaigns influences which of the following in a campaign?
I. Structure of the campaign
II. How, when, and where campaigns spend money
III. Who candidates meet on the campaign trail
IV. Advertising strategy
1, 2, 3 & 4
Candidates' efforts to meet as many voters as possible are
to some degree symbolic
A professional who produces a candidate's television, radio, and print advertisements is called a/an
media consultant
The lifeblood of national, state, and local campaigns are the
The sponsors of the 2002 campaign finance reform bill were
John McCain and Russel Feingold
According to the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, issue advocacy ads are limited to within____ days of a primary and ______ days of the general election.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that provisions of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act
limited candidates' access to the ballot
Which of the following decisions struck down major components of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act in 2010?
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission
Most candidates receive a majority of their campaign contributions from
There are approximately ________ PACs registered with the Federal Election Commission.
Members of Congress contribute to candidates via
The Presidential Election Campaign Fund is made up of contributions from
individual taxpayers
The MOST significant difference between 501(c) groups and 527 political committees is
their ability to endorse specific candidates
The traditional media
I. provide candidates with free advertising.
II. usually supply in-depth reports on the substance of campaigns.
III. follow campaigns much as they would a horse race.
IV. have little effect on people's voting decisions.
2 & 3
Presidential candidate debates came into wide use beginning in
Suppose you are a candidate who has been participating in an illicit marital affair, and you fear that the truth may be revealed. The MOST effective way to minimize damage is to
air an inoculation ad
Which of the following is the MOST likely reason Senator Hillary Clinton lost her early lead in the 2008 presidential campaign?
I. She was the focus of numerous attacks from both Democratic and Republican candidates.
II. Senator Barack Obama's 2004 Democratic National Convention speech gave him star power.
III. She had strong affiliations with the Washington, D.C., establishment as a senator and former first lady.
IV. She was particularly inept at grassroots support, where Senator Barack Obama shined.
1, 2 & 3
For the Democrats, Super Tuesday in 2008
ended in a draw
_____ was considered the most reliably conservative option of the Republican candidates in 2008.
Senator Fred Thompson
One of the biggest weaknesses of Senator John McCain's presidential campaign was his
vice presidential pick
Senator Barack Obama outshined Senator John McCain in fundraising in 2008, mainly because
Obama did not accept public funds
Voter turnout in the 2008 presidential election was ________ than in 2004.
higher (62 percent of eligible citizens participating)