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What former presidents do, part 7


November 19, 2021

Every presidential election features several “third” (or minor) parties offering American voters alternative candidates to those running as nominees of the two main parties.

Rarely do these minor party candidates make a difference in the outcome of a presidential election; so far, they have never won. The time when one of them came the closest was in 1912.

As we have seen, in that year former president Theodore Roosevelt tried to wrest the Republican nomination from the incumbent William Howard Taft.

When delegates to the Republican national convention would have none of it, Roosevelt...

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