Two Parties Dominate American Politics
The Role of Third Parties
Third party successes, cont.
Some third parties have been “spoilers” – prevent
one of the major party candidates from winning an
In 1912, Theodore Roosevelt’s Bull Moose Party
supporters prevented Republican William Howard
Taft from winning re-election
In 1968, George Wallace’s racist white southern
voters helped Republican Richard Nixon win
Ralph Nader’s supporters helped elect George W.
Bush and defeat Al Gore in 2000