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Questions relating to political parties: groupings of individuals who act together to contest elections, and hold power in the government.

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Puerto Rico's political parties and statehood

What would happen to Puerto Rico's political parties if it became the 51st state? Is there any historical precedent for what happens?
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Does it usually backfire if a presidential candidate challenges an incumbent from their own party? [duplicate]

How does it historically work out for the presidential nominee when they are challenging the incumbent of their own party? Are there cases where this succeeded?
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Who would be elected Prime Minister if the winning party was “Independent”?

I know this is highly unlikely, bordering on impossible, but what would happen if the majority of seats were won by independent candidates in a general election? Would the independents simply choose ...
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Why except Puerto Rico, is no US state or territory dominated by local parties?

Why (except Puerto Rico), is no US state or territory is dominated by local parties, different from Democratic and Republican parties?
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What are the legalities of forming a party with a misleading name?

A theoretical that has come to mine for me: Say I live in a liberal democrat/SNP marginal and I'm a person who for some reason really really hates the Liberal Democrats. I'm desperate to stop them ...
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Why have Labour and Lib Dem not been registered in Northern Ireland?

While I know that parties in NI have to self-identify as either "nationalists" or "unionists", it is unclear to me why this would have forbidden the entry of mainstream UK parties. In fact, I have ...
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What powers does a Whip actually have to force MP's to vote their way? [duplicate]

In the UK especially we have a parliamentary democracy, and each of the major political parties have an officer known as the Whip/Chief Whip, who as far as I understand enforce party policy, by ...
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Where can I find a chart of education level by political party?

It must include libertarian, democrat, and republican. I tried to find one, but could not. https://www.google.com/search?tbm=isch&q=political%20ideology%20education&tbs=imgo:1#tbs=imgo:1&...
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Are UK party leaders typically from safe seats?

In the UK Parliament, the 2015 election results for party leaders going into the 2017 election were: Theresa May, Conservative Party, Maidenhead, 65.8%. Next party is Labour Party at 11.9%. Chance ...
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US political parties that support EU style social social welfare spending?

Are there any political parties or groups in the United States that openly support making the U.S. more like EU countries by: Addressing social welfare and safety net needs by increasing federal non-...
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Correlation between non-voters and antisemitism?

The German* newspaper Die Welt created a graphic showing rates of antisemitism according to party preference. Rates for classical antisemitism are between 2 and 6% for all parties except for a far-...
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Is the US democracy a multi-party system or a dual-party system?

I am from India and whenever we hear about US politics and the US Senate, we always hear about two political parties, Democrats and Republicans. So are these the only two political parties in US? Is ...
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Why won't the two main French far-left parties unite and present a single candidate?

Lutte ouvrière (LO) and Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA) are both French far-left communist parties and they are both represented by a candidate during the French 2017 presidential elections, why ...
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Are there currently, or have there ever been any 'white' members of Singapore's People's Action Party(PAP)?

Historically, ethnicity seems to have been a sensitive issue in Singapore, one that its founding fathers have struggled with, according to various historical sources. Today, Singapore is a successful ...
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Is India's latest election indicative of an end to the caste based political system? [closed]

Uttar Pradesh always well known for caste based politics and mainly there were 2 parties , BSP for dalits and SP for Yadavas. But In this election, all caste based political parties are defeated and ...
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Jumping political party OK after being elected by people into a party?

Is it permissible for an elected independent candidate or elected representative of a political party to switch his party he is elected from to a more politically advantageous party at his own will ? ...
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In the US, may a presidential candidate win the primaries and then refuse the nomination of the party?

Is the party nomination something a candidate even can accept or refuse? Or is the nomination more like a glorified endorsement? Are there obligations that come with accepting the nomination?
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Are the state-level or municipal-level political parties in any way interdependent with the federal-level party of the same namesake?

For example, if I am a "democratic" mayor, and the Democratic Party changes its name to the "Liberal Democratic Party", do I follow suit? And if I do follow suit, do I have to propose to my municipal ...
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Why Caste based political parties talking about secularism in India

Many political parties in India are either caste based or religion based. Some of them are Indian Union Muslim League BSP SP SNDP SDPI etc. etc. They work only for their caste/religion. But why ...
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Has a US President ever nominated a cabinet of half Democrats and half Republicans?

This was the spirit of Churchill's nominations as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during WWII in order to unite the country.
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Is there anything that functionally prevents a US President from switching parties?

For example, a Prime Minister is voted by the party, so if they were to switch parties they would not be the leader of the other party. They have a function within their party. But is the party of ...
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Precedents for replacing a candidate selected through a primary

A party selects their candidate for an election through an open primary election. The outcome of the primary is an unambiguous winner. After the primary, but before candidacy for the actual election ...
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The causality of some political situations, and meaning in text

I'm reading the Economist and since I really don't know much about the American politics I got confused for the following statement: ...(Gorsuch) has been solicitous of religious corporations and ...
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How often have majority parties plummeted in support in one election in democracies?

While voters in democracies usually only incrementally change the party that they support relative to a prior election, every now and then, a party will go from being a leading or majority party, to ...
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Which portions of rural/metropolitan voter income have benefited from regional voting tendencies?

Rural counties in the US generally tend, (often overwhelmingly), to vote Republican, while metropolitan counties similarly tend to vote Democrat. Over the last few decades which portions of the ...
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Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? [closed]

Are we currently seeing another ideological realignment happening in today's unstable political climate? Similar to how, in the years since the WW2 post-war period, the main political parties ...
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In general elections, what percent of registered party voters defect, on average?

Only registered Democrats vote in Democratic primaries to select Democrat candidates. Only registered Republicans vote in Republican primaries to select Republican candidates. And so forth for other ...
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Why register a party affiliation in a state with open primaries?

I'm a registered Democrat in Massachusetts, a state with semi-open primaries such that registered voters can only vote in their party's primary, but unaffiliated voters can vote in any primary. I'm ...
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What are the viewpoints and policy positions of the Israeli right wing?

What are the viewpoints and policy positions of the Israeli right wing?
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Can one person run for US President as a candidate for two different parties? [duplicate]

I am not looking for opinion here, but actual laws or case evidence support for or against if this has been done / could be done legally. Example: Could Bernie run in the 2020 primaries as a ...
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Only one candidate for a $180,000 political job?

According to a news story on CBS in Chicago there was a judgeship worth $180,000 in the Cook County judicial subcircuit that was up for grabs in the November 8th 2016 election and it was uncontested. ...
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Why do so few people vote for the Green Party? [closed]

Now, I don't have comprehensive knowledge of what the Green Party represents, and I only just recently learned of their existence. But from the wikipedia page, it seems like they stand for everything ...
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What does it take to start a new political party in Wisconsin

What do you need to do in order to start a new political party in Wisconsin
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What happens if a US Presidential Candidate drops out of the race after being nominated but before Election Day?

If a presidential candidate in the USA drops out of the race before (or during) election day, but after early voting has begun, what happens to that party's ticket? For example, if Donald Trump or ...
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Rise of Alternative for Germany

What are the various factors that contributed to the rise of the political party Alternative for Germany? Why has it gained popularity?
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Do European Parliamentary leaders have greater standing in their own parties than American Presidential candidates?

Donald Trump is the Republican Presidential candidate in the U.S., but he is not the head of the Republican Party (Paul Ryan is). And if he loses the election, he will (presumably) go off into the ...
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What has divided the country so severely since Bill Clinton's election?

I recently saw this article by the New York Times' Upshot showing that last 50 years of electoral college results from the presidential elections. Something that stand out is how drastically voting ...
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Would voting for ideas instead of political parties be a good idea? [duplicate]

First of all I'm explaining with I refer to with ideas, after all by voting a political party you are voting some ideas. Most political parties have a certain set of ideas that they may apply or not, ...
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Is a Dutch political party's program allowed to contradict the constitution prima facie?

Several days ago, the Dutch PVV party published a program with several anti-Islamic measures including the closure of mosques and a ban on the Quran. Now, without getting into the actual political ...
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Is the smearing growing in the USA?

Is the smearing growing in the USA (in the last decades/centuries)? Or at least the perception about smear campaigns?
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Has any of the presidential candidates ever mentioned fixing our aging infrastructure?

There's no denying, these recent historic floods we've been having in the past couple of years have only shown how our aging infrastructure needs to be fixed. No proper drainage systems, our roads are ...
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Is voting for a third party really a 'wasted vote'?

There are lots of undecided voters in what perhaps is the strangest election I've ever witnessed. People from both sides are saying voting for a third party is a wasted vote. If all of the undecided ...
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In the UK there are 'shadow' government members — what is their function

Other than seeming like a member of some secret organization the UK elects shadow members. What are they? Is there any corresponding member of US government?
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If opposition parties collude at election time to prevent splitting votes, does the public object?

In this scenario there is an organisation (UK based) with certain governing powers/responsibilities for a particular geographical area. There are a number of elected representatives responsible for ...
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Does the UK still use propaganda?

Can you recall anything that was propaganda that the UK government has espoused? I am sure it didn't just stop after WW2 but they have got so good at it I find it hard to find good examples that are ...
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Why does the US only have two major political parties?

As a Brit who for the first time has started following US politics, I cannot understand when it comes to choosing a President there is an option of only two political parties from who to choose from? ...
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Rainfall vs Democratic Vote Share [closed]

The research paper here shows that for every inch of rain above normal levels, the Democratic party's margin in elections decreases by about 1 percentage point. What are some ways that the ...
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How much more likely are professed political party supporters to support a position taken by that party?

I was wondering if there has been any research conducted on this issue. That is, all other things being equal how much more likely is a professed supporter of a political party or politician to ...
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Does the two-party system create a political advantage for the rich? [closed]

Does the two-party system create a political advantage for the rich regarding political representation?
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What's the purpose of a closed primary?

To vote in the Democratic primaries for New York State, I had to register in the Democratic party. Why would a political party hold a closed primary?