power base


Definition of power base

: a base of political support

Examples of power base in a Sentence

Both candidates are doing whatever they can to raise money from their power bases. Most of her power base is in the city.
Recent Examples on the Web From the monarch’s point of view, that was dangerous, potentially allowing aristocratic families to become an alternative power base to the throne. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Earldoms for Girldom," 14 Nov. 2020 Before and during the Trump administration, which began in January 2017, Erdogan concentrated on consolidating his own power base, both with constitutional moves and massive purges after a 2016 coup attempt against him. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "Biden’s win poses a dilemma for world leaders who went all-in on Trump," 10 Nov. 2020 China has consolidated its Asian power base and is flexing its weight globally. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "The old world isn't coming back, no matter who wins the US presidential election," 3 Nov. 2020 The power base in Hollywood has changed more in the last six months than the previous six years. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Column: As we head into a winter lockdown, who will win? Netflix and DoorDash again? Don’t be so sure.," 28 Oct. 2020 But like Michigan, Wisconsin had seen a fracturing of the liberal power base through deindustrialization, free trade deals backed by Washington Democrats and a weakening of labor union influence. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Watch these nine states in the US election," 19 Oct. 2020 Ward power base for years, is among those identified as getting a ComEd subcontract. Ray Long, chicagotribune.com, "House Speaker Michael Madigan says it’s not ‘ethically improper’ to find government jobs for people. Here’s what he’s failing to mention.," 2 Oct. 2020 Even Haftar’s power base in eastern Libya is paying a price. Mohammed Abdusamee, Bloomberg.com, "Libyans Gasp From Summer Heat as Civil War Shreds Power Grid," 29 Aug. 2020 In recent months, Maduro, a 57-year-old former union leader, has shored up his power base by increasing repression at home and bolstering relationships with Iran and Turkey. Washington Post, "Trump administration to tap into frozen Venezuelan government funds to revive efforts to oust Maduro," 20 Aug. 2020

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Power base.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/power%20base. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of power base

: the area or group of people that provides the main support for a particular political candidate

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