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Sure, but there have been quite a few attempts at starting third parties. The problem comes in the electoral college where getting 34% (against the Ds getting 33% and the Rs getting 33%) is not enough to win. You need to get 51%.

Third parties have historically gotten less than 20% of the popular vote, and then because of the state-level manipulation you mention, they have ended up with an even smaller percentage in the electoral college.

The current movement to award state electoral college votes to the national popular vote winner will not change the 51% consideration.

by asdf on Mon Apr 8th, 2019 at 10:54:18 PM EST
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