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.

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Sheikh Ahamd has developed a solid power base since taking over ANOC as the interim president in 2012. Stephen Wade, The Seattle Times, "Olympic ‘kingmaker’ Sheikh Ahmad leaves to handle court case," 28 Nov. 2018 Another major power base for Republicans in the state is the sprawling, rural Central Valley. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Democrats Complete House Sweep of California’s Orange County," 18 Nov. 2018 Outside the power bases of Hariri and Hezbollah are a growing contingent of disenchanted voters. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "Lebanon's new generation hopes to shake up politics in first elections in nearly a decade," 6 May 2018 The prospect of a family member pushing him aside is negligible, advisers say, largely because Prince Mohammed has solidified his power base by removing potential rivals. Justin Scheck, WSJ, "Scandal Over Dead Journalist Jolts Heir to Saudi Throne," 20 Oct. 2018 But the predominantly white power base wasn’t receptive to the sudden change. German Lopez, Vox, "The latest protests against the Chicago police are about more than one shooting," 20 July 2018 Chanting slogans for change and waving flags on Sunday, supporters of Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf party filled a popular park and surroundings in the power base of rival and former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif. Fox News, "Thousands turn out in support of popular Pakistani lawmaker," 29 Apr. 2018 While that alliance has been Merkel’s power base for eight of her 12 years in office, the SPD is wary of another tie-up after emerging from the latest four years in government with its worst electoral defeat since World War II. Rainer Buergin, Bloomberg.com, "Full Term for Merkel Opposed by Growing Share of Germans in Poll," 27 Dec. 2017 An optimistic view is that a blue exodus to cities like Grand Rapids, the power base of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her wealthy family, brings in liberal young professionals that prize openness and diversity and seek to spread those values. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "How young liberals' moves to Red America may temper political divides," 6 July 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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