Over at the ItsOnlyWords blog, they’ve chimed in on the old Franken vs. Coleman discussion and whether third-party candidates spoiled it for one candidate or another. This time, though, Dean Barkley is not the topic of dicussion. Instead, they’ve focused their analysis on James Neimackle, the Constitution Party candidate.
Today, however, I chanced upon an interesting tidbit of information. There were two “third party” candidates in the race along with Franken and the incumbent, Norm Coleman. The Independent Party candidate, Dean Barkley, won over 437,000 votes. Speculation is that those votes would have been divided between Franken and Coleman, with the edge going to Franken. The Constitution Party candidate for the Minnesota Senate seat, James Niemackl, won somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000 votes. Unlike the votes for Dean Barkley, however, those votes likely came straight out of Norm Coleman’s tally.