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ones and twos

ones and twos  n.pl.— «In the campaign’s final weekend, candidates weren’t trying to turn out voters who might not vote their way. They were chasing the “ones and twos,” political-junkie shorthand for the most likely supporters...

Bradley Effect

Bradley Effect  n.— «The Bradley Effect in New Jersey…In states where a tide seems to be running for President Reagan, Democratic candidates worry about the coattail effect on their races. In New Jersey, Democrats feel the protection...

beep test

beep test  n.— «After being measured for height, weight, and skin folds and given complete medical tests, the prospective AFL candidates were put through agility runs, vertical jumps of both left and right feet and from a standing start...

candidate skinning

candidate skinning  n.— «Some felt that votes hinged on how many baked goods they bought or won through auction, and how many pretty girls they endowed. Sponsoring groups even had their contests on stage with the candidates sitting right...

mommy party

mommy party  n.— «Republicans profess to be unworried about the new wave of female candidates for what is often described, sometimes disparagingly, as the “mommy party.” (Supposedly, in the shorthand of political positioning...

plunking

plunking  n.— «Another potential influence on the outcome may have been what’s known in election parlance as “plunking,” in which votes are not cast in a particular race. Though 20,941 voters went to the polls in Somerset County and...