In 1854, the Republican Party emerged as a third party. Only six years later, Abraham Lincoln won the presidency for the new party.
Parties beyond the Democrats and Republicans exist today. The Constitution Party, which former Reagan official Alan Keyes recently joined, is the third largest political party in terms of voter registration. There are 367,000 registered Constitution Party voters. Ex-"spoiler" Ralph Nader is running for President again as the Green Party's nominee.
Third party candidates rarely win national elections. But, they can have an impact. Third parties can draw attention to issues that may be ignored by the majority parties, increase voter turnout, or allow people to voice dissent with a protest vote. But, do you think they can move past this secondary role, and actually start winning elections? If you want to keep up on third party news you may not catch in the mainstream media, check out Third Party Watch.
Are you ready to seriously support a truly competitive third party?