A2 Government and Politics Primary Elections Quiz

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1. What is "the big mo"?

  • Where a candidate gains momentum due to a succession of wins.
  • The term given to a candidate who has been backed by the president.
  • The oldest Republican voter in Iowa, it is traditional for Republican candidates to shake her hand.
  • The term often used to describe Democratic debates.
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2. In 2008 what was the so called "super tuesday" re named as and how many states took part?

  • Tsunami Tuesday 23
  • Tidal Tuesday 15
  • Tsunami Tuesday 15
  • Super Duper Tuesday 15

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.
  • 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.
  • when failed candidates are re-cycled and re used in a different election to a new office.

4. In 1968, Neither of the parties overall primary leaders got selected for nomination, name the candidates that won but weren't selected.

  • Eugene McCarthy and Ronald Reagan.
  • Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon.
  • Robert Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.
  • Ronald Reagan and Nelson Rockefeller.

5. What is "front loading"?

  • 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 a number of states coincide their presidential primaries in order to gain influence in their region when selecting their presidential candidate.
  • When candidates focus their resources on key "swing states" to try to gain more delegates.
  • When parties push forward their National Nominating Convention to give their candidate more time to campagne.


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