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    51 61.45%
  • The Green Party

    13 15.66%
  • The Constitution Party

    3 3.61%
  • The Justice Party

    1 1.20%
  • Other (please specify)

    15 18.07%
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    What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    In your opinion, what minor party has the best chance of becoming a major party nationwide or in at least three states?

    I believe that honor belongs to the Libertarian Party, largely because the Justice and Green parties haven't been very successful in recruiting Democrats to their parties.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    None. We will always have two parties in the US. Its our tradition. That's how our electoral system is set up to deter third parties.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    The LP, but its shot is still one in a million.

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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    None. We will always have two parties in the US. Its our tradition. That's how our electoral system is set up to deter third parties.
    While the current answer is none because of how the system has become rigged, in general your analysis is incorrect. The electoral system will preferentially select as stable two major parties. That is to say there would be no third parties, or political competition, or an ability to replace one of the major parties with a different party should the case arise. While we are stable at 2 major parties, there is nothing innate to the system as it was originally designed to say that we would always have to have the SAME 2 parties. Before the system was rigged against political competition, it was possible to have third parties in the wings and if necessary replace a major party with one.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    While the current answer is none because of how the system has become rigged, in general your analysis is incorrect. The electoral system will preferentially select as stable two major parties. That is to say there would be no third parties, or political competition, or an ability to replace one of the major parties with a different party should the case arise. While we are stable at 2 major parties, there is nothing innate to the system as it was originally designed to say that we would always have to have the SAME 2 parties. Before the system was rigged against political competition, it was possible to have third parties in the wings and if necessary replace a major party with one.

    I never sad it will be the same two parties, but it will be two parties none the less. The start of the union had federalists and democrat-republicans and now we have democrats and republicans. I think the only thing that is possible now is that the parties could realign like they did. If you remember the democratic party used to be the conservative party and the republican party was the liberal one. Either way we will never have a third party.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by 99percenter View Post
    I never sad it will be the same two parties, but it will be two parties none the less. The start of the union had federalists and democrat-republicans and now we have democrats and republicans. I think the only thing that is possible now is that the parties could realign like they did. If you remember the democratic party used to be the conservative party and the republican party was the liberal one. Either way we will never have a third party.
    It's not to say that we'll never have a "third party". We can certainly have them and they can hold office to lesser extent too. If the system was open, you'd see a handful on the federal level and more at local levels. You won't have only 2 parties, you will have (with our current electoral system) 2 main parties at any given time.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    The current two party system can't be usurped since Republicans are in bed with social liberalism a la feminism, multiculturalism, and populism.

    Likewise, Democrats are in bed with fiscal conservatism a la consumerism, workaholism, industrialism, and professionalism.

    For all the whining libertarians do, the current two party system actually celebrates what they want.

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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Daktoria View Post
    For all the whining libertarians do, the current two party system actually celebrates what they want.
    Only if one is to be truly ignorant of what libertarians call for.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Only if one is to be truly ignorant of what libertarians call for.
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    Re: What minor party has the best chance to become a major party?

    To me, the only real demographic up for grabs is the moderate, independent middle. The far ends are too ideological to be able to unite in a true third party. The larger group, the more open-minded group, the less-ideological group, is the one to eye for creating a viable third party.

    As I've already explained in other threads, I think the Whigs might be the best party so far to meet that requirement.

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