Study: Number of Wisconsin Third Party and Independent Candidates at Historic High

At the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics blog, Eric Ostermeier has been doing some really great studies of historical trends in the American third party and independent political tradition.  In September, he reported that the number of third party and independent candidates in Wisconsin is at a 40 year high:

A Smart Politics analysis of more than 2,000 general election State Assembly races over the past 40 years finds that the number of districts with independent or third party candidates on the ballot, as well as the total number of such candidates, are at their highest levels since 1974. . . .

The surge in candidates challenging the two major parties is at its highest level since the early 1970s, when the American Party fielded dozens of candidates across the Badger State.

3 thoughts on “Study: Number of Wisconsin Third Party and Independent Candidates at Historic High

  1. Keith R Deschler

    Yeah. but I’m still disappointed that the LPWI doesn’t have a lot more candidates for state assembly, especially in districts where there is no opposition to the incumbent. I’ve been talking about getting as many candidates for these seats as possible, because they are the easiest to file for (200 valid signatures to get on the ballot), the districts are relatively small (50,ooo population per district), and the cost for running even a token educational campaign is also small(well under $1,000 and you can print up enough literature to reach several thousand voters, plus a few weeks of radio ads and a simple site on facebook). Voters should have the opportunity to vote for assembly candidates who REALLY stand for smaller government, lower and fairer taxation, and more freedom. The LPWI, if it’s going to grow, MUST see these seats as the gateway to getting more votes, members, contributions, and influence in state government. Plus the chance to win a few seats in districts with three or even four candidates on the November ballot. People need to get off their butts, get their signatures in on time, get enough in to qualify, and do as much campaigning as their schedule allows. At least get the local newspaper interview and attend a few forums, if nothing else.

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