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When has a third party candidate made it into office?

Washington and Andrew Johnson were the only 2 Presidents without major party affiliation,.

Why is it so difficult for third party candidates to win an election?

It takes a lot of man power and money to get elected President. Just to get on the ballot in every state requires collecting thousands of signatures in each state in timely fashion and paying fees. It takes careful organization and lots of people working together to wage a successful campaign.A third party has to compete with the two established parties and any other third parties. There is a large group of Republicans and Democrats who would never vote for anyone not supported by their party.Even if a third party candidate won he as President , hewould have a hard time dealing with Congress unless the party was also able to elect a substantial number of Congressmen and Senators along with the president. To launch all the congressional campaigns requires even more money and organization. The major parties never stop working to sign up members and collect funds for the next campaigns. They maintain a full-time paid staff even between elections. There are no term limits on Congress and many Congressmen and some senators are sure of re-election year after year.

Why does the United States have a two-party political system?

The United States has only two major parties primarily because of the first-past-the-post electoral system. The U.S. single-member district/plurality electoral system requires a party to get a majority of the votes in a district in order to win, and the winner takes it all. Coming in second (even if only by one vote) does not count, as it would in a proportional representation system. Neither the Constitution nor state laws prohibit minor parties, nor do they mandate only two major parties. One of the criticisms of the American party system is that having only two major parties oversimplifies the electoral system, presenting voters with only two choices instead of a wide range of options. The United States has two major parties, the Democrats and the Republicans. Minor parties do exist, such as the Green Party, which is concerned with the environment, and the Reform Party, which is concerned with reforming government and paying down the national debt. However, only one "third" party in American history (the Republican Party) became strong enough to replace one of the two major parties (the Whig Party).

Which type of minor party has been most successful in winning votes?

Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive (aka Bull Moose) party was by-far the most successful third party. They won more votes in 1912 than the Republicans did. However, they only lasted for that one election so their overall success can be questioned. The American Party (Know-Nothings) lasted about 15 years, won some seats in Congress and may have tipped the 1848 presidential election to Taylor. The Republicans started out as a third party but soon became a major party.

Are the democrats and republicans the two major political parties in the us?

Americans historically have been rather calm about politics and parties. Most people gravitate to one or the other major party depending on their background and experience, in some cases because of the family. Because of the size of the two major parties voting for a third part is equivalent of throwing your vote away. Although a third party or candidate can act as a spoiler as Ralph Nader did in the Bush Gore election. Having only two parties makes the mechanics easier, reapportionment and redistricting are easier (if not fairer). Fund raising is easier. In some governments there are 20 smaller parties and factions that a government must deal with. Two 800-lb gorillas are easier from a logistics standpoint. Given the events recently we may be witnessing the start of a split in the Republican party. The more middle-of-the-road folks feel their party has left them. This leaves the question open "Can a split party win elections ?"

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Which is the only third party to make the jump from minor to major party?

The Federalists Party!

When has a third party candidate made it into office?

Washington and Andrew Johnson were the only 2 Presidents without major party affiliation,.

Does a third party only gets a third of the vote?


What if your car is stolen and you have third party only cover?

I think you are not covered. Third party insurance only covers you for damage to other peoples cars. If you have third party, fire and theft then you would be covered.

What is third party in car insurance?

Third party insurance basically protecting yourself from the actions of another persons. It covers the damage you caused to a third party only - injury, death, and/or property damage caused to a third party in the event of an accident caused by the use of the vehicle.

What is the difference between comprehensive and third party insurance?

Comprehensive coverage is covers the interests of the named insured. A third party insurance policy will not cover you. It only covers the interests of that named third party insured.

Why do you only have two major parties?

there is more than two major parties 2nd Answer: Right! The other major parties are the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, and the Constitution Party.

Is car insurance on the car or on the driver?

The basic insurance/third-party liability covers third-party persons. But if you have comprehensive car insurance, it not only covers you, third-party persons but also your car.

Why would you join a third party?

Because they are not happy with the two Major parties, that being the Democrats and Republicans...Many believe its only a choice between the lessor of the two evils

Who can train for for forklift?

third party agencies only can provide the training

What is cydia?

A third party application for the ipod that downloads only on jailbroken ipods.

What does the term '3rd party' refer to?

A "third party" is one that doesn't have a direct involvement with a particular event or transaction. For instance, a third party seller on eBay sells their items independently of eBay and only uses its selling platform.