Title

Minor Party Presidential Candidates and Southern Politics: A Regional Comparison

Editors

Charles S. Bullock III; Mark J. Rozell

Document Type

Chapter

Publication Date

2-2012

Publication Title

Oxford Handbook of Southern Politics

Publisher

Oxford University Press

Publisher Location

New York

First page number:

382

Last page number:

400

Abstract

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

Minor parties; Presidential candidates; Presidential elections; Presidents; Presidents--Election; Single-member district; Southern politics; Third parties (United States politics); Third-party voting

Disciplines

American Politics | Models and Methods | Political Science | Political Theory

Language

English

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Identifier

DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195381948.013.0017

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