coattails effect


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Noun1.coattails effect - (politics) the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party; "he counted on the coattails effect to win him the election"
political science, politics, government - the study of government of states and other political units
consequence, effect, result, upshot, outcome, event, issue - a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event"
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Playing the role of political pundit, Koch announced he saw a Gore victory on the national levels having a coattails effect, sweeping Hillary Rodham Clinton into office in New York State.