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Ex-US prez candidate Yang launches centrist Forward Party

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Washington: Former Democrat and US presidential candidate Andrew Yang has launched his centrist ‘Forward Party’, and asserted it will be the biggest one outside of the long-dominant Democrat and Republican behemoths.

Yang, an entrepreneur who experienced a surprise surge in popularity during his bid to become the Democratic candidate in the 2020 US presidential election, has announced the launch of a new third party.

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No third-party candidate has ever won a presidential election in the modern era of the Democratic and Republican parties. The last such upset in any state in a presidential election was segregationist George Wallace, who won five in the 1968 vote, Al Jazeera said.

Yang said the new Forward Party, which has been formed with Republicans, Democrats, and independents, will be the largest in terms of resources in the US outside of the goliaths. The new party will begin a national building tour in the fall (autumn), he said.

“It’s time to deliver the new approach to party politics millions of Americans have been waiting for—Forward! Let’s go!,” Yang, who also unsuccessfully ran to be New York City mayor in 2021, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

Forward, which aims to be on the ballot in 15 states by the end of the year and all 50 by 2024, is the result of the merger of several smaller organizations. Those include an earlier version of the party created by Yang after he left the Democratic Party last year, the Al Jazeera report said.

It also includes the Serve America Movement, which is a coalition of former members of the major parties led by former Republican Congressman David Jolly, and the Renew America Movement, a group of former staffers from Republican administrations led by former Department of Homeland Security chief Miles Taylor, who served under former President Donald Trump.

Media reports said former Republican governor of New Jersey, Christine Whitman, will initially co-chair the party with Yang.

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