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H. Ross Perot And George C. Wallace: Defining The Archetype Of Third-Party “Success” In Presidential Elections, Aaron W. Brown Apr 2013

H. Ross Perot And George C. Wallace: Defining The Archetype Of Third-Party “Success” In Presidential Elections, Aaron W. Brown

University of North Georgia Annual Research Conference

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 ...