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That a constitution exists that limits the government's power makes the state constitutional. That the head(s) of state and other officials are chosen by election, rather than inheriting their positions, makes the state a republic. The United States of America is a Constitutional Republic.
- "Three Branches of Government". Harry S. Truman Library and Museum. National Archives and Records Administration. http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/teacher_lessons/3branches/1.htm. Retrieved 12:03, 10 January 2011.