Category Archives: Third parties, general

Votecastr, Politico and other tools for keeping track of results

Ballot Access News:

Politico has its web page all positioned to include election returns for president from every state. See the link, which of course doesn’t yet show any vote totals. Every candidate who is on the ballot in any particular state is listed. Thanks to Gregory Koch for the link.

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General Election Predictions Thread

As requested, and as we have done a number of times in the past, this post is for general election predictions. As always, our focus here is on alternative (“third”) parties and independents, but feel free to comment on duopolists as well, especially in races where they are not only running against each other.… Read more ...

Peter Gemma: Election Prediction Challenge

I want to keep this prediction for 3rd party candidates simple: percentage for the Big Two (Green and Libertarian), and, for other 3rd party and independent candidates, vote totals or specific guesses on states.  Since there are so many in the later category, I thought it best to leave those entries open ended; list as many as you wish.… Read more ...

Sponsored: Q&A For New Book – Third Party

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Professor Steven Nemerovski recently released a new fast-paced political thriller series, Third Party, that dives into America’s most fascinating dilemma – why is there no effective, competitive third party in our country? And how cut-throat would Democrats and Republicans be if threatened by a successful third party launch? For some, Third Party is political fiction filled with suspense and intrigue.… Read more ...

Peter Gemma: In Defense of the Electoral College

by Peter B. Gemma

Originally published at The Daily Caller

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The Electoral College should need no justification – the Founding Fathers were pretty smart when structuring our unique republic. They debated and tweaked the idea through 16 votes at the Constitutional Convention. However, every four years James Madison, principal author of the Constitution, has to come back and make the case against “democratic” presidential elections.… Read more ...

Record 31 presidential candidate on the ballot in at least one state

Ballot Access News:

In the 2016 presidential election, 31 individuals are on the ballot in at least one state. This is the most in U.S. history. Of those thirty-one, thirteen are on the ballot in just one state.

The number of candidates in recent past presidential elections, who are on the ballot in at least one state, are:

2012 28
2008 24
2004 17
2000 16
1996 21
1992 23
1988 19
1984 16
1980 21
1976 15

Earlier this month BAN also reported that there is a record number of, and interest in, write-in candidates in this year’s presidential race.… Read more ...

Darcy G. Richardson: ‘De La Fuente, La Riva & Castle Shine in Free & Equal 3rd-Party Debate’

Darcy G. Richardson at Uncovered Politics:

“They gave this election dignity,” asserted actor and debate moderator Ed Asner in his closing remarks at Tuesday night’s Free and Equal third-party presidential debate in Boulder.

The 86-year-old Emmy award-winning actor and former president of the Screen Actors Guild was referring, of course, to the three presidential candidates — the Reform Party’s Rocky De La Fuente, Gloria La Riva of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, and the Constitution Party’s Darrell Castle — who participated in the lively two-hour forum at the University of Colorado’s Macky Auditorium.… Read more ...

Denying Clinton & Trump 270: Roque De La Fuente’s Rocky Mountain Strategy

By Darcy G. Richardson

rocky-jpegHowever improbable, there might yet be a way to prevent Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump from obtaining the necessary 270 electoral votes to win the presidency as the 2016 presidential campaign enters the homestretch, says Reform Party nominee Rocky De La Fuente, the longest of long-shot candidates in this year’s presidential sweepstakes.… Read more ...

Wrapping-up Third Party Presidential Candidates Series

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I have to wrap-up the series of interviews with third party presidential candidates as I am going away until just before the election. Almost every campaign was cooperative, forthright, and appreciative of the opportunity.

Despite several inquiries, I did not get the courtesy of a reply from the Gary Johnson and Jill Stein campaigns.… Read more ...

Interview with Dan Vacek, Legal Marijuana Now Presidential Nominee

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by Peter B. Gemma

In 1998, Legal Marijuana Now was organized as a grass roots movement to coordinate petition drives to place pro-cannabis candidates on Minnesota ballots.  Legal Marijuana Now earned recognition as a political party in the state when its candidate, Dan Vacek, earned 57,604 votes (three percent) in the 2014 race for Minnesota Attorney General. Read more ...

Prediction: 3rd Parties Will Win

by Peter B. Gemma

Commentary originally published by OpEdNews

piechartelection2016-1-56-06-pmIn a vacuum of serious policy decisions and debates, minor parties can be effective catalysts for issues that are eventually absorbed by the major parties. In his book The Other Candidates: Third Parties in General Elections, author Frank Smallwood observed that alternative political candidates, “have often been successful in advancing initiatives that have later been incorporated into our political life.… Read more ...

Interview with America’s Party Presidential Candidate Tom Hoefling

By Peter B. Gemma

5391f20d0ddd8-preview-620Tom Hoefling of Iowa is the presidential nominee of America’s Party, and was its standard bearer in 2012. Hoefling ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for a seat in the Iowa House in 1998, and was a GOP candidate for Governor in the 2014 Iowa Republican primary where he received 26,300 votes, about 17 percent, against Terry Branstad the five-term incumbent Governor.Read more ...