Albany Times-Union Capitol Confidential column predicts bigger than usual third party vote

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.

3 thoughts on “Albany Times-Union Capitol Confidential column predicts bigger than usual third party vote

  1. Kimberly Wilder

    FYI for NY folks: There are several problems at various polling places being reported in Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY.

    That happens to be a progressive and Green Party stronghold, so it will be interesting to see if it has an affect on Governor race numbers.

    Someone should definitely send pollwatchers there later, and also be in Park Slope for the recanvass, if votes are needed to get to the 50,000 mark.

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