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Third Parties: Outsiders Looking In

Introduction You’ve probably heard of Democrats and Republicans, the two major political parties in the United States. Ever since the early 1800s, every American president has com...

Bush v. Gore (2000)

Case The 2000 Election between Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore was historically close. On election night, a clear winner was not determined. While Gore was init...

Interest Groups: Influencing Politics

Introduction At the start of a new school year, Bianca and her classmates notice fewer after-school activities and clubs. When they ask their principal about it, she says that the...

PACs and Super PACs: Fundraising Powerhouses

Introduction Imagine that you are running for a U.S. Senate seat. Campaigning is hard work - you’ll need to find various ways to connect with voters and persuade them that you’re ...

Ranked Choice Voting: A New Way to Vote

Introduction It’s the day of school government elections, and four students are running for class president. You really like one candidate, but you don’t equally dislike the other...

Political Parties: Winner Takes All

Introduction We usually think of a “party” as a social gathering where we celebrate important events with friends and family or spend time together doing shared activities, like d...