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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Ntaganda was first indicted in 2006 and became a symbol of impunity in Africa, even serving as a general in Congo's army before turning himself in in 2013 as his power base crumbled. NBC News, "International Criminal Court convicts Congo's Ntaganda of war crimes," 8 July 2019 Ntaganda was first indicted in 2006 and became a symbol of impunity in Africa, even serving as a general in Congo’s army before turning himself in in 2013 as his power base crumbled. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, "International court convicts Congo rebel leader known as ‘Terminator’," 8 July 2019 Germany is like America, a newer and federal state, with local power bases and an economy spread more evenly across the country. The Economist, "In British politics, posh pronunciation reigns," 4 July 2019 Without undercutting the power base of the tycoons, there is no way of resolving this problem. Time, "It Is Time for Democracy in Hong Kong," 2 July 2019 San Francisco’s all-male Bohemian Club remains one of the most exclusive social clubs in America, providing social cohesion for a power base that extends far beyond the confines of California. Julia Wick, latimes.com, "Essential California: The all-male, ultra-elite Bohemian Grove meets 2019," 12 June 2019 But, when tariffs on goods from Mexico produced an outcry from traditional Republican power bases, like the Kochs and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mitch McConnell and his caucus stepped in on behalf of big business. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Corruption Is the Tie that Binds for Trump-Era Republicans," 11 June 2019 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 The electoral system, devised in 2005 under United States guidance, sets a quota system for power based on Iraq’s religious and ethnic communities. The Christian Science Monitor, "Will Iraqis draw a line between mosque and state?," 11 May 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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

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