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major party

noun
1.
a political party with enough electoral strength to periodically gain control of the government or to effectively oppose the party in power.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50
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  • In some ways he strikes me as a third-party hopeful who doesn't quite yet realize that he's not a good fit for either major party.
  • Customarily, the conference of each major party nominates a candidate whose name is placed in nomination.
  • Customarily, the caucus or conference of each major party first elects a candidate at early organizational meetings.
  • Customarily, the conference of each major party first elects a candidate at early organizational meetings.
  • However, to vote in a primary election you must be registered with a major party.
  • Certain non-major party candidates may not accept contributions while their ballot eligibility is being determined.

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