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chapter 7

chapter 7

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nominationthe naming of those who will seek office
general electionregularly scheduled elections at which voters make the final selection of officeholders
caucusa group of like-minded persons who meet to select the candidates they will support in an upcoming election
direct primaryan election held within the party to pick the party's candidates for the general election
closed primarya party nominating election in which only declared party members can vote
open primarya party nominating election in which any qualified voter can take part
blanket primaryevery voter is handed the same ballot, one listing every contender for every nomination in both parties
runoff primarythe two top vote-getters in the first direct primary face one another, and the winner of the vote becomes the nominee
caottail effectwhen a strong candidate running for an office at the top of the ballot helps attract voters to other candidates on the party's ticket
precincta voting district
polling placewhere the voters who live in a precinct actually vote
ballotis the devise by which a voter registers a choice in an election
politicial action committee (PAC)the political arms of special interest groups that have a major stake in public policy

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