A2 Government and Politics Primary Elections Quiz

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1. 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.
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2. What factor is most likely to effect turnout in a primary (according to Anthony J. Bennett)?

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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


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