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Old 09-02-2008, 02:31 PM   #73
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Originally Posted by CKFresh View Post
Not really. The Republican party was just a new name for the former Whig party.

The Whig Party separated into two parties. One of the two parties was bound to become the "other" major party. It happened to be the Republican party - AKA "the new Whig Party."
Bound is a strong word. But I'm not going to play word games. By my definition-- who cares what my definition is-- and my understanding of what defines a third party, the Republican Party was at one point a third party, when it originally split from The Whig Party, which at that time was one of the two main parties. The Republican Party ran against the Whig Party in one election. I don't see how the technicality of that doesn't make it a third party, but I'm only going to lose a little bit of sleep over it.
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