A popular third-party or independent opponent (classic examples include Ralph Nader and H. Ross Perot) may split the vote for one of the candidates more than the other, resulting in a loss for what would otherwise have been the winner, thus "spoiling" the result.
I think this question doesn't appear on the quiz anymore (I'm guessing it was about Nader) and of course whether the stability of the two-party system is good or bad or how much of it is de jure and de facto is subject to vigorous debate. But that's my understanding.
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