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Minor Party Presidential Candidates and Southern Politics: A Regional Comparison

Ted G. Jelen

in The Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195381948
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195381948.013.0017

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Minor Party Presidential Candidates and Southern Politics: A Regional Comparison

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Third-party candidates have long been a feature of presidential elections in the United States, despite formidable institutional, political, and cultural constraints on minor parties. This article describes and explains regional differences in third-party voting in recent presidential elections. The barriers imposed on minor parties in the United States are well known. Most prominent among these is the single-member district plurality system, which characterizes most elections in the United States. Voters who cast votes for candidates outside the two-party system risk incurring the “wasted vote” phenomenon, by which votes cast for minor party candidates may advantage major party candidates disfavored by those voters.

Keywords: southern politics; presidential candidates; presidential elections; minor parties; third-party voting; single-member district

Article.  7802 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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