The State: American Party, Petition Candidates Take Political Stage in SC

By Cassie Cope:

The Americans hope to rise, the Greens say they are refocusing and two petition candidates have millions to throw into their own campaigns.

Thus far in 2014, that is the story of the wild card candidates — the third-party and petition hopefuls — who will be on November’s ballot, where one third party will disappear from statewide races, another is making its debut and two candidates with personal fortunes hope to make waves in the races for governor and the U.S. Senate.

The question is: On Wednesday, Nov. 5, will any of their candidacies have mattered? They could, some say, but most likely as political spoilers, rather than outright winners.

After a decade on the statewide ballot, the S.C. Green Party says it will concentrate on local races this year, not running candidates for statewide office. However, the American Party — founded by disaffected Democrats and Republicans who think one party too liberal and the other too conservative — will boast three of the 13 independent and third-party candidates vying for statewide office.

“Third-party candidates … can not get caught into those hard and fast ideological positions that keep them from moving to the center if need be,” said Jim Rex, the state’s former Democratic education superintendent who co-founded the American Party with Oscar Lovelace, who unsuccessfully opposed Gov. Mark Sanford for the GOP nomination for governor in 2006.

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Thanks to Ballot Access News for the link.

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