For the first time since 1988, no independents or smaller parties win statewide races

Posted at Ballot Access News

The 2008 election is the first election since 1988 in which no independent or minor party candidate won a statewide election. However, there is one statewide race in 2008 in which an independent appears to have placed ahead of a major party nominee, and also one U.S. House race with that characteristic.

In Vermont, with 88.5% of the precincts reporting, independent gubernatorial candidate Anthony Pollina is slightly ahead of his Republican opponent. The vote is Douglas (Rep.) 146,034; Pollina (indp.) 57,366; Symington (Dem.) 57,150; others 7,938.

In California’s U.S. House race, 8th district, the vote is: Pelosi (Dem.) 126,073; Sheehan (indp.) 29,951; Walsh (Rep.) 16,149; Berg (Libt.) 4,024.

5 thoughts on “For the first time since 1988, no independents or smaller parties win statewide races

  1. Catholic Trotskyist

    Actually, Douglas won without even needing a runoff. Certainly a debacle, just like all the independent campaigns lately.

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