mugwumps mŭg´wŭmps˝ [key], slang term in U.S. political history for the Republicans who in 1884 deserted their party nominee, James G. Blaine , to vote for the Democratic nominee, Grover Cleveland .

See L. W. Peterson, The Day of the Mugwump (1961).

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