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EXPLAINER | Why does the US only have two dominant political parties?

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West Salem, Wisconsin.
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Former US vice president Joe Biden from the Democratic Party will take on President Donald Trump for the presidency on 3 November when tens of millions of voters cast their ballots. 

While there are other candidates from other parties, or those standing as independents, it is almost certain that either a Republican or Democratic candidate will take the presidency with over 90% of the overall votes going to either party candidate. 

The Washington Post reported that since 1852 - 168 years ago - the president of the country has always been from either party.

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