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CHAPTER 8 Elections and Campaigns IMPORTANT TERMS *blanket primary A variant of the open primary in which the voter receives a ballot that lists the candidates for nomination of all the parties, enabling the voter to vote for candidates of different parties. These have been ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. *closed primary A type of primary in which the voter must be a registered member of a political party to vote in that party’s primary. *coattails (political) The tendency of lesser-known or weaker candidates to profit in an election by the presence of a more popular candidate on the ticket. electoral coalition A base of committed partisans supporting an
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electoral candidate who also attracts swing votes. *general election The second election in a campaign (primary is first). It determines which party’s nominee will win office. *incumbent The person currently in office. negative ad Media advertising meant to cast an unfavorable light on an opponent. *office-bloc ballot A ballot, sometimes called the Massachusetts ballot, that lists all candidates by office to minimize a straight party ticket vote. It was an
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2009 for the course GOVT 32 taught by Professor Lind during the Spring '09 term at École Normale Supérieure.

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