The Democratic Party And The Republican Party

1238 Words May 17th, 2015 5 Pages
Two political parties have dominated the United States: the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The term “Third party” is used in the United States to describe any political party besides the well-known Republican and Democratic parties. Examples of third parties include the Libertarian Party, The Green Party, and the Constitutional Party. Unfortunately, these third parties have a hard time gaining political representation at the federal level. The historic route Democrats and Republicans trace back in the United States, the systematic influence of the Electoral College, financial contributions, and lack of media coverage all give a substantial reason as to why the newer third parties that emerged in the years after the major political parties have a hard time gaining political representation at the federal level. Third parties in the United States have represented social and economic interests that the two major political parties failed to give voice to. These particular parties for example some include the Green party, Libertarian party, and Constitutional party, have a great influence on ideas and elections in the United States. In the rural areas of the West and Midwest¬, the Populists and the Progressives, and the candidates for the urban middle classes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are the most important examples in the past century. In the most recent of years, Independent candidate H. Ross Perot, who ran in the election in 1992 and in…
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