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1. How important is party identification within contemporary American politics? In your experience, do people seem to have a strong, deeply-rooted sense of partisanship? What might potentially explain the attachment to a specific party within the contemporary political environment?
2. Although third parties rarely win major elections within the United States, they are still significant within the broader political system. What are some ways that third parties can have an impact on elections and/or the behaviors of the two main parties?