This article addresses in detail Americans Elect’s troubles specifically, and addresses challenges to third parties generally. Hat tip to Kevin Thompson.
The fledgling group’s inability to coalesce around a candidate points to the difficulty of breaking into a system heavily weighted to favor Republican and Democratic politicians — and the struggles of attracting mainstream candidates willing to forgo parties for an independent run.
“Part of the problem was, they couldn’t get serious candidates to throw their hats in the process,” CNN contributor John Avlon said in assessing Americans Elect.
Often seen as “spoilers” for candidates in mainstream parties, third-party candidates are nothing new in presidential elections…