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United States Political Parties

 Electoral Map 1860

Electoral Map of the1860 Presidential Election shows several parties that do not exist in the 21st Century.

Use this page to research the political parties of of the United States. Links to Washington state political parties and candidates are also included. Links to the home pages of the following organizations include: Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Reform, Green, Socialist and Communist Parties.

The advent of the populist Tea Party Movement, which is (for now) outside the parameters of the traditonal parties brings a new dimension to the 2010 Congressional Campaigns, and to the upcoming 2012 Presidential Election,and to American poltics in general.


**The History Guy does not endorse or advocate any of the political parties or philosophies found on this page! Links and data on various parties are provided as a service only.**

History Guy: The History of American Political Parties--Page on the history of America's political parties.

Republican Party The Grand Old Party (GOP), the party of Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Eisenhower and Reagan. Of the main parties in American politics, this is the more conservative of the two.

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Democratic Party The party of Jefferson, Franklin Roosevelt, Kennedy and Clinton, the Democrats are the more liberal of the two main American parties.

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Third Parties

The so-called Third Parties in the American political landscape usually sit in the shadow of the dominant Democratic and Republican parties. In the past, certain third parties have influenced presidential elections, typically by helping split vital votes from one of the larger parties. Here are links to some of America's current smaller political parties.

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Communist Party U.S. --"We are a Marxist-Leninist working-class party that unites Black, Brown and white, men and women, youth and seniors. We are a Party that speaks out from a working-class point of view on every vital issue. The People's Weekly World is our voice and the voice of labor, of all militant movements for social progress. We are a party of unity in action. We are an integral part of every struggle and movement for change to eliminate poverty and joblessness, against racism and for full equality. We are participants, initiators and leaders of every movement to make life better now and much better in a socialist future." *Philosophical statement is from the Communist Party Website. *

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) --"We are socialists because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.

We are socialists because we share a vision of a humane international social order based both on democratic planning and market mechanisms to achieve equitable distribution of resources,meaningful work, a healthy environment, sustainable growth, gender and racial equality, and non-oppressive relationships." *Philosophical statement is from the Democratic Socialists of America Website. *

Green Party-- "The Greens/Green Party USA is part of the worldwide movement that promotes ecological wisdom, social justice, grassroots democracy and non-violence." *Descriptive statement is from the Green Party Website. *


Libertarian Party --"The Libertarian way is a logically consistent approach to politics based on the moral principle of self-ownership. Each individual has the right to control his or her own body, action, speech, and property. Government's only role is to help individuals defend themselves from force and fraud." *Philosophical statement is from the Libertarian Website. *

Natural Law Party--"The Natural Law Party stands for prevention-oriented government, conflict-free politics, and proven solutions designed to bring national life into harmony with natural law." *Philosophical statement is from the Natural Law Party Website. *

The New Party--"The New Party believes that the social, economic, and political progress of the United States requires a democratic revolution in America -- the return of power to the people. Our basic purpose -- reflected both in our own governance and in our aspirations for the nation -- is to make that revolution happen. At present, in America, the people do not rule. And they must, if we and our children are to lead lives of dignity, decency, and fulfillment." *Philosophical statement is from the New Party Website. *

Reform Party --" We, the members of the Reform Party, commit ourselves to political system. Together we will work to re-establish trust in our government by electing ethical officials, dedicated to fiscal responsibility and political accountability."*Mission statement is from the Reform Party Website. *

Socialist Party --"The Socialist Party strives to establish a radical democracy that places people's lives under their own control -- a non-racist, classless, feminist, socialist society in which people cooperate at work, at home, and in the community." *Philosophical statement is from the Socialist Party Website. *

The U.S. Taxpayers Party-- "The U.S. Taxpayers Party stands firmly on the principles of government laid down by our Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Unlike other political organizations, we do not believe these principles are outdated. Our government has become a problem because these principles are ignored not followed. We need to return to a government that protects all innocent life; a government that protects liberty, not suppresses it; and a government that allows the free pursuance of happiness, not regulation of it. In the spirit of the Declaration of Independence it is time to remove power from that 'faraway' government in Washington, D.C. and return it to the states and local communities. " *Philosophical statement is from the U.S. Taxpayers Party Website. *

Tea Party Movement --"A community committed to standing together, shoulder to shoulder, to protect our country and the Constitution upon which we were founded! " *Philosophical statement is from the Tea Party Movement Website. *

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Washington State Political Parties and Candidates

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Clark County Democrats

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King County Democrats

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Snohomish County Democratic Central Committee:

Spokane County Democrats

Whatcom County Democrats

Whitman County Democrats

Washington State 44th Legislative District Democrats

Washington State 21st Legislative District Democrats

Washington State 1st Legislative District Democrats


Washington State Republicans

Washington State Republican Party (WSRP)

King County Republican Party (KCGOP)
33rd District Republicans

47th District Republicans

Pierce County Republican Party

Snohomish County (1st Legislative Dist.)

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