ICYMI: The AP’s Political Terms Style Guide

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In case you missed it, AP released a Political Terms Style Guide in December, and you’ll want to keep it handy throughout this presidential election year. Here are some highlights from the guide:

– Congress, congressional: Capitalize when referring to the U.S. Senate and House together. The adjective is lowercase unless part of a formal name.

– convention: Capitalize in a formal name: Republican National Convention, Democratic National Convention; otherwise lowercase: the convention.

– Election Day, election night: The first term is capitalized, the second is lowercase.

– front-runner: Candidate who leads a political race; the term is hyphenated.

– majority leader, minority leader: Capitalize as formal legislative title before a name: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, otherwise lowercase.

– president, vice president: Capitalize these titles before names; lowercase in other uses.

– primary, primary day: Both are lowercase, including when used with a state: New Hampshire primary.

– re-elect, re-election: Both are hyphenated.

– tea party: Lowercase the populist movement that opposes the Washington political establishment. Adherents are tea partyers. Formally named groups in the movement are capitalized: Tea Party Express.

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