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Republicans are now a minor party in many California congressional districts, outnumbered by Democrats and independents.
But National did not win enough to govern alone, and the decision about who would become prime minister was left to the eccentric, populist leader of a minor party, Winston Peters of New Zealand First.
All minor parties will be keenly aware that after negotiations, their power tends to wane along with their poll ratings, as happened to the Socialist Left and Center after 2005.
The qualifying deadline for independent and minor party candidates is Jan. 9.
Neither of the main parties won a majority of the 120-seat Parliament, which means that National, with 58 seats, and Labour, with 45, will now try to court minor parties to form a coalition — a process that could take days or even weeks.
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