I find it interesting that while the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are the two powerhouse political parties in the United States, there are other acknowledged parties that are part of the whole political landscape. I think it’s very interesting that the ‘other’ parties are only fully recognized during an election, but they mean virtually nothing during the primary phase of decision making. The state I live in, along with countless others, only allow those voters registered as Democrat or Republican to vote in the primaries. How different would the current landscape be, I wonder, for either side if Independents and others were allowed to vote in the primary elections??