Presidential Elections – Vocabulary

A. = Adjective   ADV. = Adverb   IDM. = Idiom   N. = Noun   V. = Verb
to abandon V. to leave something behind; to give something up
to back V. to give support to
a ballot N. the piece of paper you write your vote on
to campaign V. to advertise oneself (or someone else) as a candidate in an upcoming election; to work towards getting oneself (or someone else) elected
a campaign N. 1) the process of trying to get oneself (or someone else) elected 2) an attempt or series of attempts to achieve a goal
to cast (a ballot) V. to put (your ballot) in the ballot box
connections N. social relationships which allow you certain opportunities; the people you know who can help you (get a job, raise money, gain power, etc.)
to debate V. to have a structured, formal argument about a controversial topic
a debate N. a structured, formal argument on a controversial topic
to elect V. to choose someone to be a leader through a democratic vote
an election N. the process of choosing a leader through a democratic vote

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