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Scholarly Study Suggests Nader Helped Gore In 2000

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University of Iowa Publicizes Scholarly Study That Suggests Nader Helped Gore in 2000
September 29th, 2009

The June 2009 issue of the Journal of Marketing Research has an article, “Could Ralph Nader’s Entrance and Exit Have Helped Al Gore?”. The three authors are University of Iowa Professor William Hedgcock, Professor Akshay Rao of the University of Minnesota, and Professor Haipeng Chen of Texas A&M University. On September 29, the University of Iowa News Service sent out this press release, publicizing the article.

The article is in Volume 46, pages 330-343, of the Journal of Marketing Research. It depends on experimental research conducted by the authors. The thesis is that when undecided people make a decision about something, whether it’s a political candidate or a brand of soda, and identify with that decision, that when their original choice becomes unavailable, they select an alternative option with the most similar attributes. UPDATE: here is a link to a preliminary draft of the article.


  1. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman September 29, 2009

    The preliminary draft of the study is too obscure and relies on counter-factuals to make its point.

    In reality, there is another way to look @ 2000 that let’s Nader off the hook for throwing the election.

    The election was ultimately decided in Florida, where Ralph Nader received 90,000 votes. According to “House of Bush, House of Saud” by Craig Unger, 90,000 Arab Americans voted in Florida, and split almost evenly between George W Bush and Ralph Nader. So half of Nader’s votes came from Arabs, who otherwise would probably have voted for Bush, because of the belief that Democrats are too pro-Israel.

    Since half of Nader’s votes presumably came from Bush, and some of the other half probably would never have voted for Gore, Nader probably hurt Bush in Florida more than Gore.

  2. Third Party Revolution Third Party Revolution September 29, 2009

    It doesn’t matter. Gore would have still messed up this country.

  3. No fan of Bore or Israel First Lieberman, but worse than President Cheney and Puppet Boy Bush II ????? Both Bushes will possibly go down as two of the worst five Chief Executives EVER!

  4. Morgan Brykein Morgan Brykein September 29, 2009

    Opponents of third party candidates usually cite how Nader “helped” Bush get elected.

  5. d.eris d.eris September 30, 2009

    The spoiler argument has little merit, if any, in making sense of electoral outcomes. It is helpful, however, insofar as it provides a window into the psychology of the duopolist ideologue, whether Republican or Democrat. Assuming a Democrat or Republican wins a given election, the scapegoating of a third party and independent candidate allows supporters of the losing duopoly candidate to shirk any responsibility for their loss while denying their duopolist opponent any responsibility for his or her win.

  6. HumbleTravis HumbleTravis September 30, 2009

    Which one is it this time, Democrats? Did Nader “spoil” the election or did Bush steal it? Everyone besides Al Gore must be responsible, right?

  7. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman September 30, 2009

    It’s a two-way street. The Democrats or Republicans blame third party “spoilers” for throwing the election. Third parties claim it as a victory is their candidate exceeded the margin of difference.

  8. Deran Deran October 1, 2009

    The truth of it is; had the Democrats actually run a progressive candidate, Nader would not have gotten near the votes he did.

  9. Michael Cavlan Michael Cavlan October 1, 2009


    Funny thing is, many “progressives” (read that Democrats) claimed al Al Gore, the NAFTA signing, DU using (one million Iraqi children murdered under his watch as VP) Corporate Whore was progressive.

    As an aside, Ralph Nader was in Minneapolis yesterday, promoting his book Only The Super Rich Can save Us. Had some “very interesting” conversations with him about the MN OP and what we are doing here and nationwide.

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