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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This category of voters currently stands at 20% of the electorate, according to a recent WSJ/NBC survey. James Freeman, WSJ, "Art of the Deal: 2020," 16 Nov. 2018 As demographics shift and the nation becomes increasingly Black and Latino, the Republican Party finds its overwhelmingly white base of support to be a shrinking share of the electorate. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 She's run successful campaigns in the past by picking up Democrats as well as California's independent voters, who now make up almost as large a share of the electorate as Republicans. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "California Sen. Feinstein drops death penalty support amid primary challenge," 2 Oct. 2018 Like that of the Kennedys, O’Rourke’s oratory is often focused on appealing to the hopefulness of the electorate. Matt Viser, Town & Country, "Why So Many People Are Betting on Beto O'Rourke," 26 July 2018 While strong Trump supporters come fairly close to strong Trump opponents on this measure, their smaller share of the electorate illustrates a key factor driving Democrats’ turnout edge. Emily Guskin, Washington Post, "Democrats more enthusiastic about voting in midterms," 12 July 2018 In Birmingham’s contentious October 2017 mayoral election, Randall Woodfin won 58 percent of the city’s votes by promising new and progressive ideas to the city’s black electorate. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Young, Black and Progressive: Chokwe Antar Lumumba and Randall Woodfin Chop It Up in Birmingham, Ala.," 25 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of electorate

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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