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Edited by: Deborah Kalb

In: Guide to U.S. Elections 7th Edition

Chapter 5: Political Party Development

Edited by: Deborah Kalb


Subject: Elections

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Political Party Development
Political party development

Political parties are organizations that seek to gain majority control of government to further their members' social, economic, ideological, or personal goals. The United States has usually had a two-party system, dominated since 1860 by the Democratic and Republican parties. Yet hundreds of political parties have formed since the 1790s, and “third parties” have occasionally had a strong impact on presidential elections.

The United States did not start out with a ...

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