A2 Government and Politics Primary Elections Quiz

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1. What is "front loading"?

  • When parties push forward their National Nominating Convention to give their candidate more time to campagne.
  • When states schedule their presidential primaries or caucuses earlier in the cycle, in an attempt to increase the importance of their state in choosing presidential candidates.
  • When candidates focus their resources on key "swing states" to try to gain more delegates.
  • When a number of states coincide their presidential primaries in order to gain influence in their region when selecting their presidential candidate.
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2. What factor is most likely to effect turnout in a primary (according to Anthony J. Bennett)?

  • The location of voting stations.
  • Weather.
  • Close competition between candidates.
  • Type of primary (Close/open)

3. In 1960 John Kennedy announced his candidacy 66 days before the primary, in 2008 Barack Obama announced his candidacy 423 days before. What is meant by "the constant election cycle"?

  • When the momment one election finishes candidates are already looking towards the next one.
  • when failed candidates are re-cycled and re used in a different election to a new office.
  • Where media outlets are constantly focusing on the Election.
  • A charity race in which Candidates ride bikes around Washington D.C to raise money for their campagne.

4. In 1968 only 11.7 million Americans took part in the primary election, what did this increase to in 2008?

  • 67 million
  • 58 million
  • 100 million
  • 35 million

5. What is an open primary election?

  • A primary election in which registered voters can vote in the primary of either party.
  • A primary in which only elected party officials can vote in their respective primaries.
  • A primary election in which only registered Democrats can vote in a Democratic primary and vice versa.
  • A primary election in which any U.S citizen can vote in the primary of either party.


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