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chapter 9

political party the separate organizations of individuals with broad common interestes
two-party system a system where there are two parties that are more major than the others
third party smaller less interested parties
platform the statements expressing that parties beliefs, principles, and positions on elections
plank each individual part or statement of the parties platform
national committee the
causus meeting of state or local political parties
precinct a geographic are that has a specific number of voters
ward a bunch of precincts connected together
political machine a strong running political party
direct primary where voters elect who will run for that party
closed primary where only delegates vote for who will run for that party
open primary where they people don't need a party preference to select a nominee
plurality largest number of votes to win an election
majority the more prefered (more than 50%)
petition a way to get a ballot in the general election