(excerpt from) The Washington Times
3rd-party candidates could tip tight races
It’s ‘good year for independents‘
by Valerie Richardson / October 24, 2010
Even political junkies might not be able to identify LeAlan Jones, Shawn Moody, Scott Ashjian and Ceci Iglesias, but all four could have a major effect on the political balance of power after Election Day.
They’re all running as third-party or independent candidates for office. It’s unlikely that any of them will emerge victorious Nov. 2, but given this year’s volatile political atmosphere, candidates polling in the low single digits can tip the scales in tight congressional and gubernatorial races.
“This is a good year for independents, given the political climate,” said Mr. Moody, who’s running as an independent for Maine governor.
Indeed, analysts who dismiss third-party candidates do so at their peril this year. In some races, the independents are doing better than the traditional candidates – witness…the Colorado governor’s race, where American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo, a former Republican congressman, is running ahead of the Republican candidate; and the Senate race in Florida, where Gov. Charlie Crist, a Republican turned independent, leads the Democratic nominee…
Contributor’s note from KW
From the opening paragraph: LeAlan Jones is running for US Senate in Illinois on the Green Party line; Shawn Moody is running for Governor of Maine as an independent; Scott Ashjian is running for US Senate on the Tea Party of Nevada line; and Ceci Iglesias is running for Congress in Cailfornia’s 47th District, as an independent.