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Can A Third Party Candidate Win The White House?


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Aug 3, 2017
Categories: Politics, Society, History

Can A Third Party Candidate Win The White House?

An interesting article in the Washington Post referenced below states that:

The U.S. picks its elected officials in a way that creates a two-party system

Duverger’s Law says that the way a country’s electoral system is structured usually determines how many competitive parties that country will have.

Here’s how it works. First, when each district gets only one legislative seat (known as a single-member district, which we have in the United States) and, second, when the election’s winner takes that seat, then the system tends to have two dominant parties.

In such a system, all a party needs to win is more votes than the other side. That winner-takes-all nature of single-member districts encourages broad coalitions to form before elections.

It's worth reading the entire article but the takaway seems to be that in order for a third party to win the two party candidates have to be caught on video kicking kittens or a third party has to play the long game by working districts and establishing coalitions.


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