Republican presidential candidate hopefuls will face off for the third nationally televised debate tonight at the Coors Events Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
The debate will begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Time and will last two hours on CNBC— a decision that came after some contenders fought for a shorter air time. Returning for this debate include Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, and John Kasich. Tonight’s debate, titled “Your Money, Your Vote,” will have a strong emphasis on the economy.
Here are some AP style terms to know for the debate and this election cycle:
conservative — lowercase when referring to the political philosophy.
convention — capitalize when referring to a specific national or state political convention, for example: the Republican National Convention. Lowercase in other uses.
Democrat/Democratic Party — both should be capitalized; do not use “Democrat Party.”
Election Day/election night — the first term is capitalized, the second is lowercase.
front-runner — note the hyphen in this word that refers to a candidate leading a political race.
liberal/liberalism — lowercase when referring to a political philosophy.
party affiliation — the political party of a candidate is essential information in any election or campaign story.
polls and surveys — stories based on public opinion polls must include basic information that allows the reader to evaluate the results to avoid exaggerating the meaning of results. Consult the entry in the AP Stylebook entry for more information.
Republican/Republican Party — both are capitalized. GOP, for Grand Old Party, can be used on the second reference.
For more AP style political terms to know during this election cycle, reference your AP Stylebook.