Tag Archives: Chris Daggett

Cahill Attempts Comeback in MA Gubernatorial Race

Independent Tim Cahill, former Democrat and current Treasurer of Massashusetts, hasn’t had the best of luck  in his bid to be the next Governor of his state. A long while back, the RGA (Republican Governors’ Association) launched an attack ad against the candidate attacking his fiscally conservative credentials. A few weeks later, Cahill saw a massive drop in the polls from a strong 29% to 14% (an earlier Rasmussen poll also saw Cahill with 23%).… Read more ...

What happened to Chris Daggett?: Why N.J.’s independent candidate failed to beat Jon Corzine and Chris Christie

David Redlawsk writes at NJ.com:

Chris Daggett’s campaign received much more visibility and attention than most observers had expected, but his debate performance, clever ads and early endorsement by The Star-Ledger were not enough to establish permanent traction with the voters. Too many of them never learned much about him, and he never polled high enough to convince many of his potential supporters that he had a real chance of winning.… Read more ...

Democrats in New Jersey resort to dirty, potentially ineffective tactic

The New Jersey Democratic Party is now admitting that it has payed for robocalls in favor of independent candidate Chris Daggett.  The political chattering class has been saying that Daggett voters are most likely to have Republican Chris Christie as their second choice.

The Democratic State Committee now admits paying for a robocall to Somerset County voters that slams Republican Chris Christie and promotes independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett…

Daggett, for his part, disavowed the call.

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NY Times op-ed celebrates third parties

Thanks to Ballot Access News for the tip.

(excerpt from) The NY Times
Three’s Company
Ross Douthat / November 1, 2009

[Re: candidates Chris Daggett in NJ and Doug Hoffman in NY]

…But both men deserve the public’s gratitude. They’ve injected real substance into their races, and they’ve given voters a much more interesting choice than they would have otherwise enjoyed.

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AP: ‘Third party challenges in NJ, NY are warning sign’

In an article today, the Associated Press is speculating about third parties’ near-term future in this country, based on strong candidacies this year:

Third party candidates could upend two major races in elections Tuesday, and the success of those candidacies is a warning shot fired at both major parties by voters angry at government and disillusioned by politics as usual…

But the impact of those candidacies on the high-profile contests points to an anti-incumbent, anti-establishment sentiment that could be a prevailing theme in the 2010 congressional elections and beyond.

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Instant runoff voting in New Jersey

In light of the potential close three-way split (and there are nine other candidates in the race, too), three major newspapers have printed opinion pieces in favor of instant runoff voting.  The Times of Trenton – in Trenton, New Jersey – printed a piece by George Amick:

The good news is that there’s a simple way to fix the election system that would allow independents and third-party candidates to exercise their right as Americans to run for office, and allow their supporters to exercise their right to vote for them, without fear that they would help elect another candidate whom they might detest.

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Newspaper covers 12 candidates for Governor in NJ

from Ballot Access News
New Jersey Newspaper Feature Story on All Gubernatorial Candidates

October 26th, 2009

The Morristown, New Jersey Daily Record has this [see link below] very long and complete story about the nine candidates for New Jersey Governor who have not been getting much publicity. The story, of course, features the Libertarian Party candidate and the Socialist Party candidate, and also the seven independent candidates other than Chris Daggett.

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Another independent in the NJ gubernatorial race polls 12%

From PolitickerNJ:

Relishing a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll this morning that shows him at 12% when Chris Daggett’s name is removed from a sample ballot and substituted with the name of another independent, indie candidate Gary Steele took the swap-in free advert as a boost to his long-long-long-shot campaign for governor.

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Independent Daggett picks up momentum, important endorsement in NJ governor race

Independent Chris Daggett’s campaign for New Jersey governor is picking up steam.  And yesterday, he picked up the endorsement of the largest newspaper in New Jersey, the Star-Ledger.  They said:

The Star-Ledger today endorses independent candidate Chris Daggett and recommends his election as the next governor of New Jersey.

The newspaper’s decision is less a rejection of Gov.

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Several gubernatorial races could see serious independent candidates

The Washington publication Politico reports independent candidates “are poised to run serious campaigns for governor in at least a half-dozen states, a development that threatens Democratic fortunes in some of the bluest and most progressive-minded states in the nation.” In New Jersey, polls suggest independent Chris Daggett, “a moderate former Republican who once worked as deputy chief of staff to Gov.… Read more ...

Daggett at eight percent in New Jersey gubernatorial poll

A new poll by the Republican firm Neighborhood Research finds independent Chris Daggett at eight percent in the New Jersey gubernatorial race. The firm’s August poll had Daggett at six percent. In August, 56 percent of respondents said they had never heard of Daggett; in the new poll, conducted September 14-17, that number is down to 40 percent.… Read more ...

Libertarian Kaplan joins Daggett lawsuit in New Jersey

The New Jersey news website NJ.com reports, “The Libertarian Party candidate for governor and five New Jersey voters joined independent candidate Chris Daggett in filing a lawsuit today challenging the state’s balloting system.” Daggett says it is “unfair for the Republican and Democratic parties to automatically get the two top spots on ballots in the general election.” The news item does not mention Libertarian candidate Ken Kaplan by name.… Read more ...