Terms Glossary

Good Party's Terms Glossary is a list of definitions of words from the political and elections world. These terms are from an independent's perspective with an eye toward reform. If you have a suggestion for a new definition, send it to ask@goodparty.org.

Kingmaker

A kingmaker is a person or group that has the power to influence or determine the outcome of an election or political process. This can be done through a variety of means, such as funding campaigns, making endorsements, or providing strategic support.

Kingmakers are often seen as powerful players in the political process, as they can wield significant influence over the outcome of elections and shape the direction of policy. However, from the perspective of independent and third party candidates, the role of kingmakers can be problematic.

This is because kingmakers are often affiliated with the two major political parties, which means that they may be less inclined to support candidates who are outside the party establishment. This can make it harder for independent and third party candidates to gain traction and win elections, as they may not have the same level of financial and organizational support as major party candidates.

According to data from the Federal Election Commission, the two major political parties dominate the campaign finance landscape in the United States. For example, in the 2020 election cycle, the Democratic and Republican parties combined to receive over 90% of all political contributions. This suggests that independent and third party candidates may have a harder time competing against the well-established and well-funded party machines.

By encouraging independent and third party candidates to seek office and by supporting their efforts to participate in the political process, we can create a more diverse and representative democracy that works for everyone. This can help to break the stranglehold of the two major parties and create a more open and inclusive political system.