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    Can a Centrist Party Bridge America’s Divide?

    They’re at the extreme middle. With U.S. political power seemingly polarized near the fringes, activists in states like Colorado and Maine are looking for independent centrists to unite. Taking inspiration from Emmanuel Macron’s historic presidential and legislative election victories in France, these would-be moderating pioneers hope they can exploit a recent Gallup poll’s finding that 57 percent are ready to support a third party. Yet with more Americans moving further toward ideological extremes, it might be that the well-worn, borderline bipolar system won’t quietly retire into history’s pages just yet.

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