October surprise


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October surprise

n
a major event, occurring shortly before a presidential election, which influences the result

October surprise

- An unexpected, but popular, political act made just prior to a November election, in an attempt to win votes.
See also related terms for unexpected.
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com)-- Reacting to dissatisfaction expressed in the media with the presidential candidate choices by a growing number of citizens and a voting system with questionable integrity, First Citizen launches an October Surprise designed to shatter party politics; an online election with a ballot that adds "None of the Above" to the voting process.
Trump supporters had been hopeful Wikileaks would deliver an October surprise to end Clinton's White House hopes.
The Obama officials insist the timing is coincidental and that there is no October surprise to be had.
This election cycle's October Surprise didn't come from the Romney or Obama camp (at least, not yet), but rather from the Iranian officials who signaled that Iran would be open to engage in bilateral talks for the first time on its nuclear program.
All the above does not invalidate what I have often maintained in this column about an October Surprise.
CDATA[ Inundated by rumors, speculation and media frenzy of an imminent Israeli attack on Iran, the highly touted October surprise may keep the general public totally confused until the moment of attack.
Eight states are too close to call and the potential for a so-called October surprise, an event with the potential to change the race, remains.
Eight states - Ohio, Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Missouri, Indiana, Colorado and West Virginia - are still too close to call and the potential for a so-called October surprise, an event with the potential to change the state of the race, remains in what has been one of the most exciting US elections in recent memory.
The big October surprise he has now sprung is therefore all the more inexplicable.
The original October Surprise started with a rogue operation by the CIA chiefs of station in Madrid, Paris, and Rome, all classmates in the Operations Directorate who had come up together in Africa and the Middle East.
One item already demanding resolution is outgoing Prime Minister Howard's October surprise, his 'new Reconciliation' proposal: