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What if America had a multi party system? Currently, America stands with two major political parties, the Republicans, and the Democrats. The problem with that system is that they both cover very broad parts of the spectrum, so what if multiple parties made up the government? This America likely would have a runoff style election to decide the President. A runoff election takes place on two different dates, first, all candidates are on the ballot and the election is held. If one candidate holds 50+% of the vote they win, should nobody reach that number another election will be held with the top two candidates to become the only ones on the ballot, the purpose of this is to avoid one candidate reaching 30% of the vote in the first election, winning, and being hated by 70% of the population.
In this timeline seven major parties hold seats in congress, some parties are much larger than others and as a result, only around three will win the White House. The major parties from largest to smallest are listed as…
Liberal Party (L)
Conservative Party (C)
Centrist Party (CE)
Liberty Party (LI)
Socialist Party (S)
National Party (N)
Green Party (G)
The following would be the party nominees in 2016…
Hillary Clinton/ Tim Kaine (L)
Ted Cruz/ Carly Fiorina (C)
John Kasich/ Mitt Romney (CE)
Rand Paul/ Thomas Massie (LI)
Bernie Sanders/ Elizabeth Warren (S)
Donald Trump/ Mike Pence (N)
Jill Stein/ Ajamu Baraka (G)
The results of the first election in the runoff would likely come out like this…
Cruz (C) 22%
Sanders (S) 21%
Clinton (L) 20%
Trump (N) 14%
Paul (LI) 14%
Kasich (CE) 8%
Stein (G) 1%
The runoff would then go into a final election between Sanders and Cruz. These are the results…
Cruz (C) 52%
Sanders (S) 48%
Ted Cruz was elected president.
The senate would be divided with no party reaching a majority. This is where two caucuses are formed, a right wing caucus and a left wing caucus. The senate is cut up in the following order…
The right wing caucus holds 57 seats, the left wing caucus 43. Since ideology divides the caucuses there is far less unity, centrists, libertarians, and some conservatives could vote down authoritarian bills.
In the House, there is also no clear majority but there is a similar divide, with liberals holding the most seats but a right wing majority prevailing.
In this alternate world, the people would be better represented in congress. Election results would change by a lot due to the destruction of two large parties, in 2016 Donald Trump failed to win a majority of delegates, the party was split amongst themselves. Without this type of primary results come out far different.
Colin Louis is a writer for 71 Republic, he is an advocate for fiscal conservatism, noninterventionism, and national sovereignty. You can follow him on Instagram @the_libertarian_nationalist