1 (esp. BrE) district that elects a political representative
important, key
home (AmE), local
marginal (BrE)

The Tories are concentrating their campaign in the key marginal constituencies.

electoral, parliamentary (BrE), senatorial (AmE)
inner-city, urban
county, rural

He represents a constituency in the north of England.

MP (BrE)
in a/the constituency

the people in this constituency

2 group in society
broad, wider
core, key, natural, traditional

These people are the party's natural constituency.

important, powerful (esp. AmE)
domestic, political, religious (esp. AmE)
Democratic, Republican, etc. (AmE)

African-American voters are a key Democratic constituency.

appeal to, represent

The party needs to appeal to a broader constituency.

build, create (both esp. AmE)
alienate (esp. AmE)

This position risks alienating an important constituency.

in a/the constituency

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