Government 2nd Hour Exam Review Sheet

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p. 1 Government 2 nd Hour Exam Review Sheet **Primary election: this is the election that is conducted in each party. In this election the people choose the candidate that they most want to run for the president on their ticket. It grew out of the bitter Democratic nomination process of 1968. This election helps to shift the dynamics of the party. It gets more women, younger people and minorities involved in the process. It shifts the power away from the party elites and gives the power back to the people **McGovern-Fraser Commission: this is what determined how the primary elections in the Democratic party would occur. They altered the Democratic nomination process. They decided that they delegates would be chosen in primaries rather than by the party elites. It got more women, younger voters, and minorities involved in the electoral process. It helped to take the power away from the party elite and give it back to the people. It was cause because of the 1968 rift over the war in the Democratic Party. It made the voters more important afterwards and it made the whole process more democratic. **Horserace mentality: this is the idea that resulted from the power of the media in the election process. It says that the media tends to focus more on who is leading in the poles rather than actually focusing on the issues. They have shifted to a “game” frame of mind rather than a “policy” frame of mind. This leads to an increased interest in the results of the Iowa and New Hampshire primary elections because they come first. Therefore they are the first momentum that is seen in the process at all. The coverage tends to be interpretive rather than descriptive . Iowa and New Hampshire are not representative of the entire country yet they get all the focus because the can help determine the “presumptive” candidate. This causes the candidates to only focus on these states and shirk the others. Also the info tells you how to interpret the data from the elections rather than allowing you to decide. **Soft money: this is the money that is given to a candidate by interest groups, labor unions, and individual donors that is not subject to governmental regulations. This is seen as a way to “buy” influence in an election. Most of the money goes to campaign ads. In a general election, money plays a less important role because people tend to rely on party identification, though that trend is starting to decline as split-ticket voting become more common. **Electoral College: this is a result of a compromise in the constitution between the big and small states. It is comprised of the total number of senators and representative that a state has. The minimum therefore is 3 per state. Its effect is that is changes the campaign strategy. The candidates tend to focus more on the swing states rather than all the states. **Power to persuade:
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course GOV 310L taught by Professor Kieth during the Fall '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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