The third party never won over the public in one fell swoop here but without the first step they would not be where they are today. In the early stages they did not have much power but influenced the party in power to make changes in the spending habits of the government. Part of their clout was that the press would actually print their platform and after the election when they took the government to task. I am not sure if your press has any interest in upsetting the apple cart, they get paid well enough with just two political parties. It is easier to report on something when there is only two sides, a third alternative is just too confusing.