Electionary

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

Jan 09, 2012 | 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

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

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

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