...America has three, not two, political parties. From an article in the Columbus Dispatch, "Tea party threatens to leave Ohio GOP after chairman vote" (my emphasis):
Matt Borges was elected chairman of the Ohio Republican Party this
morning as expected, beating back a direct tea party challenge rooted
far more in disagreements over policy than in Borges’ personal tax
Those present among the state GOP’s 66-member executive
committee elected Borges over businessman and Portage County Tea Party
president Tom Zawistowski 48-7 in a meeting at the Westin downtown.
Borges, who’s been serving as the party’s executive director, succeeds
chairman Robert T. Bennett when he retires May 31.
was endorsed by all statewide elected Republicans and U.S. House Speaker
John Boehner, and was seen as Gov. John Kasich’s hand-picked choice for
Bennett. Given that Kasich’s political team helped many on the central
committee win their seats, Borges’ victory was never really in doubt.
what happens next is an issue. During his speech and again as soon as
he lost, Zawistowski discussed the possibilities of an insurrection by
conservative, tea-party affiliates from the party – which if true could
devastate Kasich and the GOP ticket’s chances in 2014.
think there’s a chance it could come to that,” Zawistowski said
afterward. “Three years ago when we would talk third party, people would
say oh, that’s crazy, you can’t split the ticket, you can’t do that.
But they’re just so fed up now that they’re really, seriously,
considering it. And I mean it, it’s a serious threat. We don’t think
that’s the way to go, but we have people who are not satisfied with the
results they get from the people they elect.”