power base

noun
a source of authority or influence, especially in politics, founded on support by an organized body of voters, ethnic minority, economic class, etc.: His election as governor gives him a power base for seeking the presidency.

Origin:
1965–70

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He needs to increase his short area power base in order to do a better job of
  gaining leverage when taking on the bigger blockers.
Any contender for power will need a capacity to finance his challenge or the
  ability to take away from his colleagues' power base.
Maximum feasible participation was a way of turning the community action boards
  into a power base for the poor.
The president may have been trying to show that he has a mind and a power base
  of his own.
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