major party


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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Abrams, a 44-year-old Atlanta attorney, former state minority leader and moonlighting romance novelist, already has made history as the first black woman to be nominated for governor by either major party. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Ballot count not yet finished in Georgia governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 The former state House minority leader defeated former state Rep. Stacey Evans in the Democratic primary in Georgia’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday, making her the first black woman in the nation’s history to be a major party’s nominee for governor. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Georgia's Stacey Abrams Is the First-Ever Black Female Nominee For Governor. Can She Make History Again in November?," 23 May 2018 But anyone who is poorly represented by the platform of either major party might be excited at the idea of more alternatives on their ballot. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "This city just approved a new election system never tried before in America," 15 Nov. 2018 In Georgia, Stacey Adams became the first black woman to be a major party's nominee for governor. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Gov. Attica Scott? Louisville Democrat 'seriously considering' 2019 run," 5 July 2018 Update: Stacey Abrams became the first Black woman to win a major party's nomination for governor after her victory in Georgia's Democratic primary Tuesday night., "Stacey Abrams Just Won Georgia's Democratic Primary, Making History," 23 May 2018 Now, Job One of any major party is to recruit candidates who can get elected. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rank-and-file Republicans get almost no guidance from California GOP," 7 May 2018 Simply, the system that the major parties have used to pick presidential nominees over the past few decades is under a great deal of strain. Seth Masket, Vox, "Democrats in 2020 don’t have the Republican safety margin," 29 Nov. 2018 Calling early elections triggers a 60- to 90-day process that includes primary contests among Israel’s major parties. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Netanyahu’s Coalition in Turmoil as He Rejects Partner’s Demand," 18 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of major party

1950, in the meaning defined above

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