Questions tagged [third-party]

In some countries (e.g. the United States) political power tends to fall to two major political parties. Politicians not belonging to these major parties are typically referred to as "third party" candidates, even if they belong to no party at all. Use for questions surrounding the politics of running and functioning politically outside of the major parties.

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Why isn't there a serious attempt at creating a third mass-appeal party in the US?

Most people in the US do not identify themselves as either Republican or Democrat (see Gallup data). There seems to be four possible explanations. These independent-leaning Americans prefer more ...
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What do third party candidates for the US presidency expect to functionally accomplish in terms of voting?

Background In the history of the United States presidential election, it is exceedingly rare that a third party candidate does anything other than split votes from one (sometimes two) main parties, ...
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Why are “third parties” viable in many democracies but not the USA? [duplicate]

In the USA it's extremely rare for independent or "third party" politicians to win any elections at the national (federal) level; it's almost exclusively Democrats and Republicans. This has been ...
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Is there any rule or law stopping Bernie Sanders from running as a third party candidate?

This is a yes or no question. If the answer is yes, please explain why. If the answer is no, please explain how come. Note that I'm not asking whether it would be wise, immoral, stupid or "virtually ...
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How could a third party candidate with electoral votes decide the choice of president?

In the 1968 Washington Post story announcing Nixon as the winner of the 1968 presidential election, the author made a peculiar point: Nixon’s Illinois victory, which emerged more than 15 hours ...