- Jun 2014
In the past a 3rd party candidate had little to no chance to win. Who wants to waste their vote? Actually, my dear dad did that in 1992. Not one to vote, I believe this was his only time ever, he voted for Ross Perot, for whatever reason. The winner of the presidential election had only 43% of the vote. Without Perot in the mix - who garnered a healthy 19%, the results would have likely been different. I do sense among many people today, especially young adults, that they are more willing to support a party other than D or R.What is it about America that discourages the emergence of large, permanent third party movements? I know that third parties have usually been eventually absorbed into one of the two main parties. My question is why?