Voters in six states cast ballots in a presidential primary today. Many will be asking themselves, “Which one’s the most electable candidate?” as they consider who will get their vote.

“Electability” is a word that’s been tossed around a lot in the last few months. Is a woman electable? Is a Democratic Socialist electable? Is a mainstream Democrat electable? Is a 78-year-old electable?

But is there an actual, fixed definition of “electable”? Political scientist Marjorie Hershey of Indiana University tackles whether everyone means the same thing when they use the word. Her answer: Turns out they do, mostly – but it’s not what they think.

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Most people vote for the candidate they think is the most electable. Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The candidate you like is the one you think is most electable

Marjorie Hershey, Indiana University

Why do some people think that Bernie Sanders isn't electable and Joe Biden is? Does anyone really know what makes one candidate seem electable while another doesn’t?

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