Both Democrats and Republicans have seen major splinters in their party since the 2016 election. Does that mean that third parties will have a better shot at success in this year's midterms?
According to Reed Galen, chief political strategist for the Serve America Movement, it's an uphill battle for third parties to establish themselves.
But Galen thinks it's important for states to champion this issue instead of Washington DC.
"The states get to decide on how their elections are run and that's where we need to start," Galen said.
Kathryn Pearson, political scientist at the University of Minnesota said there was a lack of incentive for third parties to develop.
When a third party is successful Pearson said, it's because of the appeal of the candidate, not the party.
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