elec·tor·ate | \i-ˈlek-t(ə-)rət \

Definition of electorate 

1 : the territory, jurisdiction, or dignity of a German elector

2 : a body of people entitled to vote

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The South Carolina primary is another gauge of whether the Republican electorate is willing to tolerate any criticism of Trump. Eric Bradner, CNN, "Hours before South Carolina polls close, Trump tweets Mark Sanford is 'better off in Argentina'," 12 June 2018 Then again, few expected Trump's message to catch fire with the Republican electorate, either. Jeff Stein, chicagotribune.com, "Howard Schultz ignoring 2016's lessons, say Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton alumni," 6 June 2018 Latinos account for nearly 45 percent of the population in the 10th District, though just 26 percent of the electorate. BostonGlobe.com, "Vulnerable Republicans see immigration as political salvation," 1 June 2018 To get a sense of at least one chunk of the Republican electorate, consider Kemp's campaign ads. Jenny Jarvie, latimes.com, "Stacey Abrams made history. But is deeply conservative Georgia ready to elect a black woman governor?," 23 May 2018 Last fall, the Pew Research Center released one of its periodic typologies of the American electorate, identifying the demographic and ideological fissures both within and between the two parties. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Anti-Trump Right Has Become Trump’s Base," 3 July 2018 How much easier to gain five justices’ votes than to do the hard work of winning over the American electorate. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Abortion, Roe—and Trump," 2 July 2018 In addition, public spending has favored the old — an increasing proportion of the electorate. Yoshiaki Nohara, Bloomberg.com, "In One of the World’s Richest Countries, Most Single Mothers Live in Poverty," 24 June 2018 But with a popular incumbent in Gov. Larry Hogan seeking re-election against the survivor of a group of lesser-known candidates seeking the Democratic nomination, that race has yet to spark enthusiasm among the electorate. The Aegis, "Your duty calls [Editorial]," 22 June 2018

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1620, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: the people who can vote in an election



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: a body of people entitled to vote

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