Third Parties in American Politics

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Third Parties in American Politics The electoral system in the United States works against a proliferation of political  parties. This fact has not prevented minor parties or independents from running for  office at the local, state, and national levels, however. In the 1992 national election, for  example, 23 candidates ran for president. Third parties are created for a variety of  reasons, and they have had an impact on American politics.  Splits within the Republican and Democratic parties Third parties often represent factions that break away from the major parties over policy 
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Unformatted text preview: issues. These breakaway third parties have been the most successful in terms of gaining popular and Electoral College votes. In 1912, former Republican President Teddy Roosevelt ran for the White House for the Bull-Moose party against Republican incumbent William Howard Taft. Opposed to Harry Truman's civil rights program, Strom Thurmond bolted the Democratic party in 1948 and became the candidate of the States' Rights party. Similar concerns led George Wallace of Alabama to run for president in 1968 under the banner of the American Independent party....
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