Poli Sci Mar 11 - Lecture 3/11 Constraints on third parties...

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Lecture 3/11 Constraints on third parties (continued) Behavioral Voters -If people don't like the two major candidates, they usually just won't vote. Third parties have to fight this mentality -People feel like a third party vote is a wasted vote. Candidates -Ambitious: an ambitious candidate will want to be part of a major party because of recognition. Third parties have trouble finding quality candidates -The direct primary allows politicians to try to win their party's support instead of breaking off and running as a third party candidate like they would have done before the primary was instated. This is another reason that third parties have trouble finding strong candidates. All the good ones are trying to get major party sponsorship. Opponents -Major party candidates tend to steal popular ideas from third parties. That way, the voters can pick a major candidate who agrees with their opinion and ignore the third party.
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course POLI SCI 104 taught by Professor Professor during the Spring '05 term at Wisconsin.

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