Conservative Party (United States)

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 levelEdit

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

The Conservative Party USA organized January 6, 2009, is a 527 organization at present.[2] However, it is organized to build and administer state political party affiliates of the national Conservative Party USA, (15 affiliates - 2021) after which it will obtain ballot access to operate as a national political party.

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 levelEdit


In the late 1830s and early 1840s, state-level candidates were put forward on a Conservative Party line, although they were not successful.[4][5] Some of these candidates, such as Elisha Phelps, had previously been associated with the National Republican Party.


A conservative party in Illinois was established in 2018, largely to support State Senator Sam McCann's run for governor.[6][7][8][9]

New JerseyEdit

Voters in New Jersey may choose to register in the New Jersey Conservative Party (CP-NJ).[10] As of February 2019 there are 10,610 registered members.[11]

New YorkEdit

The Conservative Party of New York State, founded in 1962.[12] New York state's party has elected two men to the United States Congress:


See 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,[13][14] among them:

See alsoEdit


  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". February 2, 2012. Retrieved April 12, 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 April 12, 2019.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  5. ^ "Our Campaigns". Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  6. ^ "McCann launches Conservative Party bid for Illinois governor". Herald-Whig. April 19, 2018. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  7. ^ Garcia, Rick Pearson, Monique. "Republican McCann gets in the governor race as third-party candidate, possibly complicating Rauner's re-election bid". Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Reform, Illinois Campaign for Political. "Conservative Party of Illinois". Illinois Sunshine. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  9. ^ "Conservative party nominee for Illinois governor: Sam McCann". Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  10. ^ "New Jersey Conservative Party". Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  11. ^ "Statewide Voter Registration Summary" (PDF). New Jersey Department of State, Division of Elections. February 28, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  12. ^ "History". Conservative Party of New York. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  13. ^ Michael Perman (2004). The Road to Redemption: Southern Politics, 1869-1879. U of North Carolina Press. pp. 151–53.
  14. ^ Sheldon Hackney (2005). Magnolias Without Moonlight: The American South From Regional Confederacy To National Integration. Transaction. p. 30.