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# In a political system with only two major parties, the

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In a political system with only two major parties, the entrance of a third-party candidate into an election race damages the chances of only one of the two major candidates. The third-party candidate always attracts some of the voters who might otherwise have voted for one of the two major candidates, but not voters who support the other candidate. Since a third-party candidacy affects the two major candidates unequally, for reasons neither of them has any control over, the practice is unfair and should not be allowed.
If the factual information in the passage above is true, which of the following can be most reliably inferred from it?

(A) If the political platform of the third party is a compromise position between that of the two major parties, the third party will draw its voters equally from the two major parties.
(B) If, before the emergence of a third party, voters were divided equally between the two major parties, neither of the major parties is likely to capture much more than one-half of the vote.
(C) A third-party candidate will not capture the votes of new voters who have never voted for candidates of either of the two major parties.
(D) The political stance of a third party will be more radical than that of either of the two major parties.
(E) The founders of a third party are likely to be a coalition consisting of former leaders of the two major parties.

Please explain why option A is not correct
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16 Jan 2010, 21:40
You should not have posted that option A was incorrect. i almost chose that option
So then, after further review i stopped on B,
let me try to explain why A is not the answer
The choice claims that "If the political platform of the third party is a compromise position between that of the two major parties, the third party will draw its voters equally from the two major parties."
But if you look to the text of the question, it is very cler that the third party candidate always takes votes either from one of candidates but not both. Thus it means, third candidate does not take equal vote from both parties, but takes just from either of one. A claims it took equal votes from both candidates, which means it is wrong.
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