Jimmy Vielkind, Albany Times-Union:
Third-party protests. If you consider the system a farce, the campaign bogus, our government a joke, then give it the leader it deserves: Jimmy McMillan. I can think of no better embodiment of a protest vote than him. And more seriously: the other third-party candidates like Warren Redlich, Howie Hawkins, Charles Barron (and, to a lesser extent, Kristin Davis) are offering less mainstream positions that still have a significant following. It will be interesting to see if Redlich can siphon votes from Paladino from conservatives uncomfortable with some of Carl’s less-savory aspects. And it will be further interesting to see how much support Barron can draw from Cuomo in his Central Brooklyn base and beyond.
I think that the wholesale voter frustration we’ve seen could manifest in a LOT of third-party votes. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it around five percent.