You'll be hearing a lot of these election words during the next few months. Find out what they mean.

Apr 04, 2016 | By TIME For Kids Staff


campaign: the competition for public office; organized actions that a candidate takes in an attempt to win an election

candidate: a person who seeks office

caucus: an early statewide meeting where members of a political party select delegates to support their favorite candidates

convention: a big meeting in which delegates from a political party pick the candidates for President and Vice President

delegate: a person given power or authority to act for others; a representative

electoral college: a group of 538 people representing the voters in all the states of the U.S., who formally cast votes for the election of the president and vice president

front-runner: a candidate who is thought to be in the lead

general election: the nationwide presidential election, in which just one candidate from each party competes

nominee: a person chosen by a political party to be a candidate

political party: an organized group of voters with similar ideas and goals for a country and its government. The two main parties in the U.S. are the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

polls: surveys of specific groups; places where people vote

platform: the officially declared policies of a particular party or group

primary: an early, statewide election in which voters choose their favorite candidates

superdelegate:prominent party member, such as a current or former elected official or a party leader, who can choose whichever candidate he or she prefers, regardless of the outcomes of primary elections or caucuses