Party allegiance in politics is often not a game of chance or a spontaneous endeavor. There are a number of factors that determine which party an individual indentifies with. Lowi, Ginsberg and Weir (2013) argue that America has a history of a two-party system that dates back to one and a half centuries ago (p. 310). In this light there is a greater probability that many Americans are decided on which side to take in any political process. More so, it has been argued that other factors such as race, income, creed, education, age and gender will also help determine party identification (p. 331).
On top of these two parties there have always been individuals who seek the votes on an independent ticket (p. 320). While these individuals may be seen as less popular and thus incapable of leading it is advisable to assess their manifesto and ascertain whether their cause would make the nation better through their leadership. Since the political process also involves informing others of the commendable leadership traits found in such a candidate, there is a probability of the popularity of such an individual rising to the leadership position they pursue. Bearing in mind that modern media is capable of reaching many people over a short time, the probability of plausible campaign manifesto from a less popular candidate projecting him to the office is high. On the other hand, it is advisable for the voters to stick to the candidate that they identify with. The idea of aligning oneself to a party because it is popular is vain and destructive. It is the duty of party supporters to observe the cause that their parties advocate for before giving their support.
Lowi, T.J., Ginsberg, B.,& Weir, M. (2013). We the People: An Introduction to American Politics. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company.