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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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 The company is betting that this major makeover will draw in a more general audience, outside its power base of journalists, politicians and entertainers. Selina Wang, latimes.com, "Twitter's new approach: Predict what you want to see, as it happens, and notify you," 13 June 2018 The company is betting that this major makeover will draw in a more general audience, outside of its power base of journalists, politicians and entertainers. Fortune, "Twitter Will Personalize News for Users in Comprehensive Product Update," 13 June 2018 While Morocco, as expected, obtained strong support in Africa, the United bid’s power base in Central and South America, plus some welcome backing from parts of Europe and Asia, made the difference. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "United States, Canada and Mexico win vote to host 2026 FIFA World Cup," 13 June 2018 Instead, Parikh, the infrastructure maven, used the event to make announcements about backhaul and low-power base stations. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "What Happened to Facebook's Grand Plan to Wire the World?," 17 May 2018 Special credit has to go to Barack Obama, as a presidential candidate in 2008, for demonstrating that a power base located on Facebook could take you all the way to the White House. Micah L. Sifry, The New Republic, "Escape From Facebookistan," 21 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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