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List of political parties in the United States

Political parties of the United States traditionally divide the available spectrum of choices into two camps. The first is known the "major parties" and the second as the "third parties" camp. This is due to the fact that in the United States has a two-party system, with the two largest centrist parties dividing the vote between themselves in the national elections. This is partly a consequence of the first-past-the-post election system but also due to restrictive ballot access laws imposed on third parties.

Many third parties throughout U.S. history have achieved regional success and some (notably the Prohibition party and the Socialist Party of America) have had major portions of their platforms incorporated into the "major parties" platforms. While the parties in question did not go on to become one dominant players in American political life, their overall political platforms took root in the American political landscape.

Table of contents
1 Current major parties
2 Current "third" parties
3 Other minor parties that have endorsed candidates
4 Historical political parties
5 Current and historical regional political parties
6 External links

Current major parties

Current "third" parties

Each of these five parties had
ballot status for its presidential candidate in states with enough electoral votes to have a theoretical chance of winning in the last presidential election.

Other minor parties that have endorsed candidates

Historical political parties



Jacksonian Era

Civil War

Gilded Age

Progressive Era

20th century

Current and historical regional political parties

See: Party designation in early United States Congresses

External links