Conservative Party (United States)

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The Conservative Party in the United States refers to various state parties that have no connection with one another that support Conservatism in the United States.

National level[edit]

There never has been an active national political party that used the name "Conservative." [1]

The Conservative Party USA is a 527 organization.[2]

The "American Conservative Party was formed in 2008 and then decommissioned in 2016. It does not claim any members who ran for or held political office.[3]

State level[edit]

New York[edit]

The Conservative Party of New York State, founded in 1962.[4] New York state's party has elected two men to the United States Congress:


A conservative party in Illinois established in 2018, largely to support State Senator Sam McCann's run for governor.[5][6][7][8]

New Jersey[edit]

Voters in New Jersey maybe choose to register in the New Jersey Conservative Party (CP-NJ).[9] As of February 2019 there 10,610 registered members.[10]


Conservative Party of Virginia (1965-1969)


In the Reconstruction era after the Civil War, former Whigs in several Southern states formed parties with the "Conservative" or "Democratic-Conservative" name. Eventually they all merged into the Democratic Party,[11][12] among them:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mark J. Rozell; Ted G. Jelen (2015). American Political Culture: An Encyclopedia vol 3. ABC-CLIO. pp. 207–9. ISBN 978-1-61069-378-3.
  2. ^ "Home". 2 February 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2019. Entities organized under section 527 of the tax code are considered “political organizations,” defined generally as a party, committee or association that is organized and operated primarily for the purpose of influencing the selection, nomination or appointment of any individual to any federal, state or local public office, or office in a political organization. All political committees that register and file reports with the FEC are 527 organizations, but not all 527 organizations are required to file with the FEC. Some file reports with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
  3. ^ "ABOUT". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ "History". Conservative Party of New York. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ "McCann launches Conservative Party bid for Illinois governor". Herald-Whig. 19 April 2018. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  6. ^ Garcia, Rick Pearson, Monique. "Republican McCann gets in the governor race as third-party candidate, possibly complicating Rauner's re-election bid". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  7. ^ Reform, Illinois Campaign for Political. "Conservative Party of Illinois". Illinois Sunshine. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Conservative party nominee for Illinois governor: Sam McCann". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  9. ^ "New Jersey Conservative Party". Retrieved 12 April 2019.
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  11. ^ Michael Perman (2004). The Road to Redemption: Southern Politics, 1869-1879. U of North Carolina Press. pp. 151–53.
  12. ^ Sheldon Hackney (2005). Magnolias Without Moonlight: The American South From Regional Confederacy To National Integration. Transaction. p. 30.