Third Parties

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  • Created on: 08-04-19 12:43
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  • Do third parties play a significant role in US politics?
    • NO
      • The two major parties dominate presidential elections.
      • The two major parties control Congress.
      • The two major parties control state politics.
      • The two major parties will often co-opt the policies of successful third parties, thereby curtailing their electoral success (e.g. co-opting Perot's call for a balanced federal budget).
    • YES
      • Ross Perot won 19% of the vote in 1992 and contributed to President Bush's defeat.
      • The Green Party's 2.7% in 2000 contributed to Al Gore's defeat.
      • Third parties can lose elections but win influence by changing the policies of one (or both) of the two major parties.
      • Some states have vibrant third parties which can play a significant role in state and local races.


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