By Mark Wachtler at ONN:
(ONN) Now that all of the 2016 Presidential election ballots have been counted and certified, including write-ins, we can see which opposition third parties grew, shrunk or stayed the same. With two unpopular candidates nominated by the two establishment parties – Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – most of America’s third parties grew exponentially. But not all. Some opposition parties fell out of the rankings, while a slew of others joined the list.
The 2016 election proved to be a stellar moment for America’s opposition third parties. The number of people who voted third party in 2016 was three-times higher than 2012. In 2012, roughly 2 million Americans voted for a Presidential candidate other than the establishment Democrat or Republican. In 2016, that number grew to over 6 million.
Opposition Third Parties as ranked by their Presidential vote total. Results are from the Opposition News listing, ‘2016 Presidential Vote Totals for all 31 Candidates’.
2016 Rank – Political Party (2012 Rank)
1 – Libertarian Party (1)
2 – Green Party (2)
3 – Constitution Party (3)
4 – Peace & Freedom Party (4)
4 – Party for Socialism and Liberation (11)
6 – Reform Party (8)
7 – Legal Marijuana Now Party (N/R)
8 – Socialist Workers Party (N/R)
9 – Veterans Party (N/R)
10 – American Solidarity Party (N/R)
11 – Prohibition Party (N/R)
12 – America’s Party (6)
13 – Workers World Party (N/R)
14 – American Party (N/R)
15 – Socialist Party (14)
As readers can see, seven new parties joined the Top 15 list since 2012. Some are brand new political parties like the Veterans Party and the American Solidarity Party. Others have been around for decades but stepped up their Presidential campaigns this time around, like the Socialist Workers Party, the Workers World Party, and the Prohibition Party. While one, the Legal Marijuana Now Party, merely changed its name from the Grassroots Party.
It’s difficult to consider it a victory when only one of the fifteen opposition candidates cracked the magical glass ceiling of 5% in a handful of states, and that was the Libertarian Party’s Gary Johnson. But not a single opposition party candidate hit the 5% mark nationally. 2016 should still be seen as the successful year that it was. Anytime America’s political opposition grows 300% in one election, it’s reason to celebrate.
View a detailed listing of America’s 15 largest opposition third parties, along with a brief description and contact information, at the Opposition News Political Parties page. View the full results of the 2016 Presidential election, including write-in votes, at ‘2016 Presidential Vote Totals for all 31 Candidates’.
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