In the past few weeks, the 2020 Election has been highlighted in the media non-stop. Individuals are hearing political talk on virtually every news and radio broadcast in the U.S. For some, the terminology used when discussing politics is unfamiliar and confusing. As politics will continue to be discussed in the media until the presidential election comes to a close in November, here are a few of the frequently used political terms, just in case anyone needs a refresher!
Delegate: A delegate is chosen by a person who is running for president to represent that candidate’s ideals and try to help them win the election. Each candidate tries to find delegates around the time of the primary election.
Caucus: A meeting held by a political party where delegates are chosen. You must be government affiliated to attend a caucus.
Primary: The primary is the election that took place on Tuesday, March 3, and it is a voting session run in local and state governments. This is an election where people vote for who they prefer to be president and the candidates that win this voting session move on to the general election in November.
Winning a state: This phrase means that a candidate has received the most votes or is projected to receive the most votes in a state. If they receive more votes than all the other candidates in one state, they have a better chance of making it to the general election.
Super Tuesday: This is the day the primary election took place.
Socialism/Socialist Ideals: A government that is based on ideals of community effort, where product production should be focused and regulated by the community as a whole. Basically, the government will give back a lot of services to its citizens without those citizens having to pay a lot of money for those services.