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Timeline: American politics’ evolutionary march to two-party dominance

Democrats and Republicans have reigned over American politics since the 1850s and many Americans have had enough. Some 62% of American voters want the option of a third party, according to a recent Gallup Poll.

The history of political parties in America is a complex and fractured one. Our political-party system has morphed at least six times in the last 230 years, according to political historians. Here’s a look at the main eras of party systems and how they’ve evolved over time:

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