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Barack Obama to make history as third-party candidate?

The state of South Carolina utilizes “fusion” for all offices. This allows the same candidate to be listed as the nominee for multiple parties, with the resulting votes totaled into one sum.

According to Ballot Access News, Barack Obama will likely be the nominee of the Working Families and United Citizens parties of South Carolina, in addition to the Democratic Party. He may also receive the nomination of the Independence Party in the state, and if he does, according to expert Richard Winger, Obama will be the first presidential candidate in American history to appear on government-printed ballots as the nominee of four parties.


  1. Eric Prindle Eric Prindle June 9, 2008

    Back when the UCP had a functioning Web site, I recall that they touted themselves as a shared ballot line for Greens, Labor Party members and people who wanted to pursue a progressive fusion strategy with the Democrats. Now that each of those groups has its own ballot line, what is left of the UCP?

  2. Dylan Waco Dylan Waco June 8, 2008

    UCP carried Nader in 2000. Sad to see them push Obama

  3. richardwinger richardwinger June 8, 2008

    It’s probably already clear, but just to make sure, I meant the first candidate within ONE single state to have 4 labels. At least one person misread this item to mean labels in all states put together.

  4. Gregg Jocoy Gregg Jocoy June 8, 2008

    I have hopes that the Independence Party of SC (where I live) will place Congresswoman McKinney on their ballot line, but reaching their leaders can be quite a challenge.

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