Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), in an interview with the Manchester Union-Leader editorial board:
“I’ve been there. I’ve seen what it’s like in the third-party world,” he said. “Our system is directed to the two parties and I made the decision when I started running for political office that I am a constitutional conservative and Libertarian-leaning Republican.
With Jill Stein receiving the Green Party nomination, media outlets are now speculating the chances of her being a spoiler to President Obama. This is after a wave of stories regarding Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson potentially being a spoiler to Mitt Romney.
Imagine Jill Stein of the Green Party capturing a mere 1 percent of the vote in a state like Ohio but throwing the state to Mitt Romney and the Republicans as a result.
The mainstream media has begun to pay a little more attention to Libertarian Gary Johnson as of late, and has begun to bring out the spoiler card. Despite polling between 6 and 9%, according to the media it all comes from disaffected Republicans.
Libertarian presidential candidates typically struggle to win even 1 percent of the vote in the critical electoral bloc of Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico.
In the 2010 election, Tea Party candidates appeared on the general election ballot under the “Tea Party” label, for federal or state office, in Florida, Nevada, and New Jersey. Even though there were 17 Tea Party nominees in races with both a Democrat and a Republican also in the race, there is no instance at which the Tea Party nominee seems to have altered the outcome of the winner.… Read more ...
Seeking any slight advantage in their effort to avoid losing control of Congress, Democrats are working behind the scenes in a number of tight races to bolster longshot third-party candidates who have platforms at odds with the Democratic agenda but hold the promise of siphoning Republican votes.
The Working Families Party in New York is seriously considering running a candidate against Democratic congressman Mike Arcuri because of his “no” vote on the health reform bill. Typically, the Working Families Party cross-endorses Democratic candidates through a practice called fusion, where multiple parties can endorse the same candidate. However, in this case, the party feels that “this is a fault-line moment.” Republicans, on the other hand, are hoping they can benefit having two candidates in the race who are perceived as being less conservative than them. … Read more ...
The highly restrictive ballot access regime that has been constructed in virtually every state of the union is one of the primary means by which the Democratic and Republican Parties maintain their duopoly system of government.
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.
The Arizona Republic recently ran an article asking, “Is Green the new red?” In it, Green Party officials accuse their candidates for Congress in Arizona’s 10th and 24th districts of not following some of the party’s key principles and abandoning (or so it seemed) the Republican party on the very same day that they were nominated by the Green Party.… Read more ...
In an article entitled “Spoiler Alert:Â Independents may Rock the Races,” Politico.com‘s Josh Kraushaar wrote about a range of relatively popular independent or third party candidates and their potential impact on the upcoming election.Â David Krikorian, an independent running for Congress in Ohio’s 2nd district, was the focus of the article.Â It said that “of all the candidates, Krikorian can make the most credible argument for how he could actually win.”