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U.S. election

General elections held every four years to elect the President and Vice President of the United States. These are indirect elections in that ordinary voters cast ballots for a slate of electors of the U.S. Electoral College, who in turn directly elect the President and Vice President.

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U.S. election

netroots

Government; U.S. election

Left wing online activists and bloggers. Their annual convention, originally organized by liberal website Daily Kos, is now considered an important stop for aspiring Democrat politicians. The ...

beltway

Government; U.S. election

An American term for an orbital highway that often surrounds major cities. In political reporting, the term generally refers to congressional business undertaken inside the highway surrounding ...

senator

Government; U.S. election

Member of the senate, the upper house of congress. Each US state has two (a junior and a senior senator, distinguished by length of service). In 2008 the presumptive nominees from both main parties ...

filibuster

Government; U.S. election

This is a procedural tactic to block or delay legislation used predominantly in the United States Senate. A filibuster usually involves a senator or group of senators talking for hours or days to ...

ballot initiative

Government; U.S. election

This is a procedure in some US states, whereby citizens can draw up a petition for a proposed change in the law. It will be placed before voters in a referendum if it gathers enough signatures. If ...

governor

Government; U.S. election

Each of the 50 US states has a governor, who is the state's chief administrator. The governor is responsible for the effective and efficient workings of the state's various departments. A ...

purple state

Government; U.S. election

Another term for swing state. A state which could vote Democratic (blue) or Republican (red).

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