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

Examples of major party in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whaley, the former mayor of Dayton, is the first woman nominated by a major party for Ohio governor. Nicholas Riccardi, Anchorage Daily News, 4 May 2022 The issue is also animating the state's Senate race, with the two major party nominees retreating to their partisan corners. Yamiche Alcindor, NBC News, 8 July 2022 Traditionally, major party presidential candidates wait until well after the fall elections before jumping into presidential campaign mode. Fin Gómez, CBS News, 6 July 2022 Bass joined the Biden train fairly late, after major party figures began coalescing around him. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 2022 In Virginia, women secured eight of 22 major party nominations for the U.S. House, five of which will face incumbents in the November midterm elections. Emma Hinchliffe And Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 23 June 2022 During the 1984 campaign, Reagan was – at 73 – the oldest presidential nominee of any major party up until that point. Fox News, 21 June 2022 According to Pew Research from April last year, 53% of Americans favor stricter gun control laws, though those policy perspectives are shaped by age, race, major party affiliation and gun ownership. Peniel Joseph, CNN, 26 May 2022 Several major party conventions marked historical turning points. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 22 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of major party

1950, in the meaning defined above

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6 Aug 2022

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“Major party.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/major%20party. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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