major party

noun

Definition of major party

: a political party having electoral strength sufficient to permit it to win control of a government usually with comparative regularity and when defeated to constitute the principal opposition to the party in power

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The winner advances to a November general election against Stacey Abrams, a Democratic state representative who is drawing national attention and money as the first African-American woman to win a major party’s nomination for governor. Kevin Sack, New York Times, "Candidate for Georgia Governor Bought Condo From Lobbyist," 14 June 2018 And — this part left third parties fuming — the major parties could then force the candidates to pay legal fees for the signature challenges. Jonathan Lai, Philly.com, "Pa. just made it easier to run as a third-party or independent. Will people do it?," 9 Feb. 2018 Minnesota Minnesota politicians have a tradition of deferring to candidates who have won the endorsement of their state parties, but in 2018 the endorsed candidates in each major party are expected to lose. WSJ, "Wisconsin Democrats Crowd Race to Challenge GOP Gov. Scott Walker," 14 Aug. 2018 Who is the Democrat? Stacey Abrams, minority leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, has already claimed a victory by becoming the first black female gubernatorial candidate from a major party in the United States. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "The 13 most important governor elections in 2018, briefly explained," 15 Oct. 2018 Photo: Charles Krupa/Associated Press In Vermont’s primary, former utility executive Christine Hallquist beat out three other gubernatorial candidates to become the nation’s first transgender gubernatorial nominee for a major party. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Political Outsiders Progress in State Races," 15 Aug. 2018 Years before making history on Tuesday night by becoming the first Black woman to win a major party’s nomination for governor, Abrams had a career writing romance novels as her side hustle while attending Yale Law School. Nicola Pardy, refinery29.com, "Stacey Abrams’ Alter Ego Might Be The Key To Winning Georgia’s Election," 25 May 2018 By all measures, the former Georgia House minority leader’s run for the Georgia governorship as the first African American female nominee by a major party was historic. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 While Abrams’s campaign did not result in an outright victory on Election Day, her candidacy is historic, marking the first time that a black woman has been a major party’s gubernatorial nominee. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Black women turned electoral power into political power in 2018," 9 Nov. 2018

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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