Republican Party

Political party in the United States
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inception
March 20, 1854
alias
GOP
Grand Old Party
Republicans
Republican Party (United States)
United States Republican Party
native label
Republican Party (english)
short name
GOP (english)
Rep (romanian)
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E81B23
headquarters location
Washington, D.C.
located at street address
310 First Street SE, Washington, DC 20003 (english)
postal code
20003
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retrieved
December 17, 2017
number of representatives in an organization/legislature
53
start time
January 11, 2019
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0.53
199
start time
January 3, 2019
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0.46
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Republican Party (United States)
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68,049,840
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2017
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30,700,138
point in time
2012
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Wikipedia creation date
11/1/2001
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Wikipedia opening text
The Republican Party, also referred to as the GOP (Grand Old Party), is one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other is its historic rival, the Democratic Party. The GOP was founded in 1854 by opponents of the Kansas–Nebraska Act, which allowed for the potential expansion of slavery into certain U.S. territories. The party supported classical liberalism, opposed the expansion of slavery, and supported economic reform. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president. Under the leadership of Lincoln and a Republican Congress, slavery was banned in the United States in 1865. The Party was generally dominant during the Third Party System and the Fourth Party System. After 1912, the Party underwent an ideological shift to the right. Following the successes of the Civil Rights Movement, the party appealed to anti-black racism, shifting its core political base to the Southern states. People living in rural areas, men, people without a college degree, the elderly, and white Americans are generally more likely to support the GOP. The 21st century Republican Party ideology is American conservatism, which incorporates both economic policies and social values. The GOP supports lower taxes, free market capitalism, restrictions on immigration, increased military spending, gun rights, restrictions on abortion, deregulation and restrictions on labor unions. After the Supreme Court's 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, the Republican Party opposed abortion in its party platform and grew its support among evangelicals. The GOP was strongly committed to protectionism and tariffs at its founding, but grew more supportive of free trade in the 20th century, although tariffs experienced a resurgence in the 21st century. There have been 19 Republican presidents (including incumbent president Donald Trump, who was elected in 2016), the most from any one political party. As of 2020, the GOP controls the presidency, a majority in the U.S. Senate, a majority of state governorships, a majority (30) of state legislatures, and 21 state government trifectas (governorship and both legislative chambers). Five of the nine sitting U.S. Supreme Court justices were nominated by Republican presidents.
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