If elected, Crist would become the third independent serving in the Senate, and many expect him to caucus with the Democrats.
The Republican caucus in the House is 89 percent white men, says Wasserman.
Christie will vie with Romney for primary and caucus votes chiefly in the North and to some extent in the Midwest.
What he is saying is that his caucus isn't going to go for it.
Wisconsin Republicans say they are not exactly sure how the resolution got through the caucus to begin with.
The French chamber does not select premiers by shutting up the members of its majority in caucus.
It is felt in every caucus, in every nominating convention and at every election.
The culmination of this particular phase of the caucus was most dramatic.
Their names therefore were presented to the Republican caucus in the spring of 1898.
Nominations were irregularly made, sometimes by a Congressional caucus, sometimes by State legislatures.
"private meeting of party leaders," 1763, American English (New England), perhaps from an Algonquian word caucauasu "counselor, elder, adviser" in the dialect of Virginia, or from the Caucus Club of Boston, a 1760s social & political club whose name possibly derived from Modern Greek kaukos "drinking cup." Another old guess is caulker's (meeting) [Pickering, 1816], but OED finds this dismissable.
caucus: "This noun is used throughout the United States, as a cant term for those meetings, which are held by the different political parties, for the purpose of agreeing upon candidates for office, or concerting any measure, which they intend to carry at the subsequent public, or town meetings." [John Pickering, "A Vocabulary, or Collection of Words and Phrases Which Have Been Supposed to be Peculiar to the United States of America," Boston, 1816]
The word caucus, and its derivative caucusing, are often used in Boston. The last answers much to what we stile parliamenteering or electioneering. All my repeated applications to different gentlemen have not furnished me with a satisfactory account of the origin of caucus. It seems to mean, a number of persons, whether more or less, met together to consult upon adopting and prosecuting some scheme of policy, for carrying a favorite point. [William Gordon, "History, Rise, Progress, and Establishment of the Independence of the United States of America," London, 1788]
1850, from caucus (n.), but caucusing is attested from 1788.
A meeting of members of a political party to nominate candidates, choose convention delegates, plan campaign tactics, determine party policy, or select leaders for a legislature.