Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Jonathan Miner, Dr. Carl Cavalli

Location

LTC 163

Start Date

3-4-2013 6:00 PM

End Date

3-4-2013 7:15 PM

Description/Abstract

The campaigns of George C. Wallace in 1968 and H. Ross Perot in 1992 are both considered exceptional “successes” of third party candidates in post-World War Two presidential elections. Both men employed distinct strategies within differing political environments to reach their respective achievements. However, while Perot is typically hailed as the dominant model, this paper seeks to demonstrate that Wallace stands as the superior model for post-World War Two third party success in the specific context of presidential elections. This paper seeks to establish Wallace’s success as superior by providing a definitive role of third parties in presidential elections, an analysis of the distinctions between their campaigns, and a breakdown of post-election data of support bases and their election results. With third parties as an element of democracy in America and a desire among voters for an alternative choice to the major parties (as demonstrated by Gallup polling), it is valuable to understand how these campaigns may best be effective in a system that marginalizes their ability to be “successful.”

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Apr 3rd, 6:00 PM Apr 3rd, 7:15 PM

H. Ross Perot and George C. Wallace: Defining the Archetype of Third-party “Success” in Presidential Elections

LTC 163

The campaigns of George C. Wallace in 1968 and H. Ross Perot in 1992 are both considered exceptional “successes” of third party candidates in post-World War Two presidential elections. Both men employed distinct strategies within differing political environments to reach their respective achievements. However, while Perot is typically hailed as the dominant model, this paper seeks to demonstrate that Wallace stands as the superior model for post-World War Two third party success in the specific context of presidential elections. This paper seeks to establish Wallace’s success as superior by providing a definitive role of third parties in presidential elections, an analysis of the distinctions between their campaigns, and a breakdown of post-election data of support bases and their election results. With third parties as an element of democracy in America and a desire among voters for an alternative choice to the major parties (as demonstrated by Gallup polling), it is valuable to understand how these campaigns may best be effective in a system that marginalizes their ability to be “successful.”