Category Archives: Third parties, general

Andy Craig: How Accurate Are Polls that Include Third-Party Candidates?



Polling companies and media organizations sometimes argue that including third-party candidates in a poll produces an inaccurately high result for that candidate.

In the era of modern polling, there have been seven third-party presidential candidates included through the final polls in early November. Only one time did the difference between the final poll and the actual election result exceed 2%, and that was when Perot over-performed the final poll by five points in 1992.… Read more ...

Results of California’s Green, American Independent and Peace and Freedom Party presidential primaries

Yesterday, in addition to the Libertarian Party’s presidential primary in California, the state’s Green Party, American Independent Party and Peace and Freedom Party held presidential primaries. The semi-official results, with 100% of precincts reporting in each contest, from the California SOS Elections website:

Green Party:

Candidate Votes Percent
Darryl Cherney
(Party Preference: GRN)
William Kreml
(Party Preference: GRN)
Kent Mesplay
(Party Preference: GRN)
Sedinam Moyowasifsa-Curry
(Party Preference: GRN)
Jill Stein
(Party Preference: GRN)

American Independent Party:

Candidate Votes Percent
Wiley Drake
(Party Preference: AI)
Arthur Harris
(Party Preference: AI)
James Hedges
(Party Preference: AI)
Thomas Hoefling
(Party Preference: AI)
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Daily Kos Issues Call For Unity Among Democrats By Banning Talk Of Third Party Candidates

Blogger with a Kos. The Daily Kos' Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. (AP Photo/J. Kamp)

Blogger with a Kos. The Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas Zuniga. (AP Photo/J. Kamp)

By MintPress News Desk
May 27, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — In yet another sign of the divisive nature of the 2016 race to the White House, in which both parties are struggling to unite behind their presumptive nominees, a popular liberal website wants to cut down on attacks on Hillary Clinton by Bernie Sanders supporters.… Read more ...

Yes, We Have Lost a Few Articles


It’s not your imagination: some current articles have disappeared. Our owner migrated to a new server, and several articles were lost. I do not know yet if they have been lost for good.

William Saturn has reposted his poll results to his site: Saturn’s Repository. I will repost the interviews with 6 of the vice-presidential candidates this evening.… Read more ...

IPR turns 8 years old


IPR’s old logo

IPR was launched exactly 8 years ago, on May 20th, 2008. From the 7th year anniversary article:

After a 36-hour period of nonstop work by Jason “GE” Seagraves, IPR went live six years ago today with our first post, on May 20, 2008. Our predecessor site, Third Party Watch, operated between May 2005 and May 2008 before being purchased by Richard Viguerie right before the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2008, which led to the creation of IPR and Green Party Watch.

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U.S. District Court Sets May 19 Oral Argument in Kentucky Ballot Access Case

judgeFrom Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove will hear oral argument in Libertarian Party of Kentucky v Grimes, 3:15cv-86, on Thursday, May 19, at 11 a.m. in the federal courthouse in Frankfort, Kentucky. Case number 3:15cv-86. The Constitution Party is a co-plaintiff.

The issue is Kentucky’s failure to have a procedure by which a previously unqualified party can become a qualified party, in advance of an election.… Read more ...

Oklahoma Ballot Access Bill Signed into Law

From Richard Winger at Ballot Access News:

On May 5, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 896. This bill lowers the number of votes for a party to remain on the ballot, from 10% for the office at the top of the ballot (President or Governor) to 2.5%. Although this is still more stringent than the median state, it is the lowest percentage of the vote that Oklahoma has required since 1913.… Read more ...

Free and Equal Elections: Ed Asner Issues Political Call to Arms

From Christina Tobin at Free and Equal Elections

Dear Supporter,

Ed Asner, the legendary Emmy Award Winning actor and former President of the Screen Actors Guild met with Free and Equal Elections President Christina Tobin last week searching for solutions to the concerns he has about America’s future. They sat down for an on camera interview where Mr.… Read more ...

Andy Craig: How a Libertarian Can Win in Milwaukee

Andy Craig DecemberRunning in Milwaukee’s fourth congressional district, a one-time Socialist Party stronghold and geographically, as well as historically, one of the country’s most favorable regions in terms of electing minor-party candidates to public office, IPR’s Andy Craig believes there’s a path to victory for his long-shot Libertarian candidacy in November.

“I’m running as a Libertarian candidate, because I think this country is desperately in need of more choices and more voices in Congress than just Republicans and Democrats, and I think we can make this the most viable campaign to place a Libertarian in Congress in 2016,” said Craig in a statement issued Sunday evening.… Read more ...

Oklahoma House Passes Bill Making it Easier for a Party to Remain on the Ballot

Ballot Access News (excerpt):

On March 31, the Oklahoma House passed SB 896 by a vote of 69-15. It makes it easier for a party to remain on the ballot. Current law removes parties from the ballot when they fail to poll 10% for the office at the top of the ballot (president in presidential years, and Governor in midterm years).

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Jill Pyeatt Buys IPR; Vows to Make Site 100 % Politically Correct

New banner for IPR

In a move certain to increase the appeal of Independent Political Report, long-time IPR writer and commenter Jill Pyeatt has worked out a deal with current owner Warren Redlich to sell the political blog to her. “I’m excited about this opportunity”, she said. “I’ve cashed in my retirement savings to do this, as I’m certain my strategy will make this a strong and hugely popular destination for, well, everyone!… Read more ...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Restrictive Georgia Presidential Ballot Access Requirement

From Peter Orvetti at Green Party Watch:

U.S. District Court Judge Richard W. Story ruled Thursday that Georgia’s requirement that political organizations seeking to put a presidential candidate’s name on a statewide ballot have to get signatures from one percent of registered voters is unconstitutional.

The Green Party of Georgia and the Constitution Party of Georgia has filed suit against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp over the requirement, which in 2012 required 50,334 signatures for presidential ballot access.… Read more ...