The party in the electorate is what citizens agree with politically and subsequently identifying themselves with a political party. When the party in the electorate heavily favors one political party, the outcome of an election is highly more predictable. For example, I am from Chicago, and during the presidential elections I listen to all of the presidential debate speeches, but at the end of the day I know that when it comes down to voting day, the Democrats will almost definitely win over Illinois. The party in government is the political party that elected officeholders identify themselves with when elected as a candidate. Over the past 30 years, the differences and disagreements between the Republican and Democratic parties have disagreed on a larger scale. More issues have been brought into discussion within more recent years between the two parties, ultimately creating different opinions. Democrats tend to be more socially accepting than republicans, so there are continually increasing disagreements in a contemporary culture that is changing rapidly. Many of today’s civil rights issues such as the right to gay marriage and medicinal marijuana have been frequently resulting in the political parties taking different stances to possible solutions and idealized government actions. The party organization is the structural format for national, state, and local governments; this includes and incorporates the political party’s leaders and workers. The party organization plays a critical role in determining which candidates run as the party’s nominees in congressional and presidential races. Political parties reflect a relatively strong but not definite set of beliefs about government policy. For the party organization to adopt a candidate as a nominee for a congressional or presidential race, the potential candidate would be expected to follow the beliefs instilled on that particular political party, as a way of truly representing that group.
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