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    Election Vocabulary Word List (393)

    A)Absentee, Acclaim, Accountability, Activist, ADVERSE, Advertising, Affiliation, Aggressive, Amendment, Announcement, Anointed, Appeal, Appearance, Appoint, Apprehension, Approach, Appropriation, Arguments, Articulate, Aspiration, Aspiration, Assemble, Asset, Assimilation, At large, Audience, Authority, Authorization
    B)Balanced budget, Ballot, Ballot box, Bandwagon, Barnstorming, Behavior, Biannual, Bias, Bicameral, Bill, Bipartisan, Boondoggle, Brochure, Budget, BUNK, Bureaucrat
    C)Cabinet, Campaign, CANDIDATE, CANVASS, Capitalize, Careful, Catalyst, Caucus, Cautious, Ceiling, Centrist, Challenge, Challenger, CHARISMA, Checks and balances, Cheers, Civic, Clapping, Coalition, Coast-to-coast, Coattail, Collaboration, Collective, Commitments, Committee, Commonality, Communication, Compassion, Concede, Concessions, Confidence, Congress, Congressional, Conscience, Consequence, Conservative, Constituent, Constitution, Contribution, CONTROVERSY, Convene, Convention, Council
    D)Dark horse, Debate, Decision, Decisive, DECLARE, Defeat, Deficit, Delegate, Deliberate, Deliberation, Democracy, Democrat, Democratic, Demonstrator, Derision, Destiny, Diligent, Disheartened, Dishonesty, Dissatisfaction, District, Diverse, Division, Dogma, Dominate, Donation, Donor, Dossier, Dynamic
    E)Editorials, Effective, Efficient, Elation, Election, Electoral college, Elevate, ELOQUENT, Emphasis, Empowerment, Enact, Endorsement, Equal, Ethics, Euphoria, Executive, Exit poll, Experience
    F)Faction, Federal, Feud, Filibuster, Flag, Flaws, Focus, Forum, Fraud, Freedom, Front runner, Funding, Fundraiser
    G)Gains, Gambit, Gerrymander, Glaring, GOP, Government, GRACIOUS, Grass roots, Grateful
    H)Handshakes, Hard money, Historic, Honesty, Hooray, Hypocrisy
    I)Ignite, Impound, Inalienable, Incentive, Incorporate, Incumbency, Incumbent, Independent, Independent, Indulge, Infallible, Influx, Initiative, Inspiring, Integrity, Interests, Invest, Investigate, Irresponsible, Issues
    J)Jeer, Jitters, JUBILANT, Judge, Judicial
    K)Keen, Knowledge
    L)Lame duck, Landslide, Last minute, Leader, Leadership, Leanings, Left, Legalization, Legislative, Legislature, Liberal, Lobbyist, Lone, Loser, Loss, Loyalty
    M)Machine, Magistrate, Majority, Mandate, Measures, Meetings, Mentor, Midterm election, Minority, Motives, Mudslinging
    N)National, Nationwide, Negativity, Newspapers, Nominate, Nominee, Nonpartisan, Numbers
    O)Obligation, Obsequious, Office, Official, Opine, Opinion, Opportunity, Opposition, Orator, Oratory, Outspoken, Ovation
    P)PAC (Political Action Committee), Pamphlets, Pardon, Participation, Partisanship, Party, Petition, Picket, Platform, Pledge, Plurality, Polarize, Policy, Politician, Politics, Poll, Polling place, Pollster, Popular, Popularity, Pork barrel, Position paper, Pragmatist, Praise, Precinct, Preparation, Prescient, Pride, Primary, Priority, Proactive, Progressive, Projection, Promises, Propaganda, Proponent, Proposal, Punished, Purpose
    Q)Query, Quest, Quorum, Quotes
    R)Race, Ratify, Re-election, Reapportionment, Recall, Reception, Recognition, Reconciliation, Recount, Recover, Recrimination, Redistrict, Referendum, Reform, Registration, Regulate, Representation, Republican, Rescind, Research, Resignation, Resilience, Restrictions, Retort, Revelations, Revenues, Rhetoric, Right, Roll call, Runoff
    S)Scope, Senate, Senator, Seniority, Shift, Shortcoming, Shuffle, Sidelines, Sinecure, Slate, Slogan, Solicitation, Solution, Spar, Spectacle, Speculate, Speech, Spending, Spin, Stakes, Stance, State�s rights, Statute, Straightforward, Strategist, STRATEGY, Straw poll, Studies, Stumble, Stump, Subcommittee, Success, Suffrage, Support, Sway, System
    T)Tactics, Talk, Tally, Taxpayer, Term, Term limit, Ticket, Town hall meetings, Turnout
    U)Ultimate, Unanimous, Uncommitted, Undecided, Unfair, Uniformity, Unity, Unknown, Unopposed, Unprecedented, Unsure, Upset
    V)Vacancy, VETO, Viable, Victory, Vie, Viewpoint, Violations, VIP, Volunteers, Voters, Vulnerability
    W)Ward, Whistle-stop, Wild-card, Wing voters, Winner, Withdraw, Withhold, Woo
    Y)Yell, Yield, Youth
    Z)Zeal, Zealous, Zone
    Election parts of speech:
    A: absentee, accountability, activist, advertising, affiliation, amendment, announcement, appeal, appearance, apprehension, approach, appropriation, arguments, aspiration, asset, assimilation, at large, audience, authority, authorization,
    B: balanced budget, ballot, ballot box, bandwagon, barnstorming, behavior, biannual, bias, bicameral, bill, bipartisan, boondoggle, brochure, budget, bunk, bureaucrat,
    C: campaign, candidate, canvass, catalyst, caucus, ceiling, centrist, challenge, challenger, charisma, checks and balances, cheers, clapping, coalition, coast-to-coast, coattail, collaboration, collective, commitments, committee, commonality, communication, compassion, concessions, confidence, congress, conscience, consequence, constituent, constitution, contribution, controversy, convention, council,
    D: dark horse, debate, decision, deficit, delegate, deliberation, democrat, democracy, demonstrator, derision, destiny, dishonesty, dissatisfaction, district, division, dogma, donation, donor, dossier,
    E: editorials, elation, electoral college, emphasis, empowerment, endorsement, ethics, euphoria, executive, exit poll, experience,
    F: faction, feud, filibuster, flag, flaws, focus, forum, fraud, freedom, front runner, funding, fundraiser,
    G-H: gains, gambit, gerrymander, GOP, government, grass roots, handshakes, hard money, honesty, hooray!, hypocrisy,
    I-J-K: incentive, incumbency, incumbent, influx, initiative, integrity, interests, issues, jitters, judge, knowledge,
    L: lame duck, landslide, last minute, leadership, leanings, legalization, legislature, lobbyist, loser, loss, loyalty,
    M: machine, magistrate, majority, measures, meetings, mentor, midterm election, minority, motives, mudslinging,
    N: nationwide, negativity, newspapers, nominee, nonpartisan, numbers,
    O: obligation, obsequious, opinion, opportunity, opposition, orator, oratory, outspoken, ovation,
    P: PAC, pamphlets, participation, partisanship, party, petition, platform, plurality, policy, politician, politics, poll, polling place, pollster, popularity, pork barrel, position paper, pragmatist, praise, precinct, preparation, pride, primary, priority, projection, promises, propaganda, proponent, proposal, purpose,
    Q: query, quest, quorum, quotes,
    R: race, re-election, reapportionment, reception, recognition, reconciliation, recrimination, referendum, registration, representation, republican, resignation, resilience, restrictions, revelations, revenues, rhetoric, roll call, runoff,
    S: scope, senate, seniority, shortcoming, sidelines, sinecure, slate, slogan, solicitation, solution, spectacle, speech, spending, spin, stakes, stance, state's right, statute, strategist, strategy, straw poll, studies, subcommittee, success. suffrage, support, system,
    T: tactics, talk, taxpayer, term, term limit, ticket, town hall meetings, turnout,
    U-V: uniformity, unity, vacancy, veto, victory, view point, violations, VIP, volunteers, voter, vulnerability,
    W-X-Y-Z: ward, whistle-stop, wild-card, wing voters, winner, xenophobia, youth, zeal, zone,

    A-Z acclaim, appoint, articulate, assemble, capitalize, concede, convene, declare, defeat, dominate, elevate, enact, equal, incorporate, indulge, infallible, invest, investigation, jeer, nominate, opine, pardon, picket, pledge, polarize, poll, ratify, recall, recount, recover, redistrict, reform, regulate, rescind, research, retort, shift, shuffle, spar, speculate, stumble, stump, sway, tally, vie, withdraw, withhold, woo, yell, yield,

    adverse, aggressive, anointed, careful, cautious, civics, congressional, conservative, decisive, deliberate, democratic, diligent, disheartened, diverse, dynamic, effective, efficient, eloquent, glaring, gracious, grateful, ignite, impound, historic, inalienable, independent, inspiring, irresponsible, jubilant, judicial, keen, left, liberal, lone, national, official, popular, prescient, proactive, progressive, punished, right, straightforward, ultimate, unanimous, uncommitted, undecided, unfair, unknown, unopposed, unprecedented, unsure, upset, ward, withdraw, woo, viable, zealous,
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    Throw your hat into the ring
    Politics makes strange bed fellows
    Hell bent for election
    Vote with your feet
    Those who can fairly carry an election can also suppress a rebellion
    Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets
    Put my foot in my mouth
    Jumping on the bandwagon
    If you can not take the heat, stay out of the kitchen
    You can not judge a book by its cover
    It is not whether you win or lose, it is how you play the game
    Throw in the towel
    Skeletons in the closet
    Caught between a rock and a hard place
    Straight as an arrow
    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
    Love it or leave it
    Another face in the crowd
    Give an inch, take a mile
    Do not make a mountain out of a molehill
    The old gray mare just is not what she used to be
    Hindsight is 20-20
    If wishes were horses then beggars would ride
    A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
    If at first you do not succeed, try and try again
    The buck stops here
    Opportunity only knocks once
    Always a bridesmaid, never a bride
    The squeaky wheel gets the grease
    Do not count your chickens before they hatch
    The end justifies the means
    Where do you hang your hat?
    Do not put the horse before the cart
    The lesser of two evils
    It takes all kinds
    Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me
    Where there is smoke, there is fire
    Give him/her enough rope to hang him/herself
    That is like closing the barn door after the horse escapes
    You can lead a horse to water but you can not make it drink
    Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades
    You can not judge a book by its cover
    There are only two certain things in life: death and taxes
    Let us run it up the flagpole and see who salutes
    Do not put all your eggs in one basket
    It is not over until it is over
    Cheat/fool me once, shame on you. Cheat/fool me twice, shame on me!
    He who hesitates is lost
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