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Facing Trump-Backed Primary Challenger, Poll Suggests Going Independent is Baker’s Best Path to Re-Election

With former president Donald Trump backing a GOP primary challenge to the incumbent, new polling today shows Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker’s most viable path to a third term appears to be running as an independent.

According to the survey from Northwind Strategies, Baker is viewed favorably by only 23 percent of Republican general election voters and unfavorably by 68 percent.… Read more ...

Andrew Yang: ‘Breaking Up With The Democratic Party’

The following is an open letter from former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who has been rumored to be on the verge of launching a new political party:

I changed my voting registration from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Independent’ today. It was a strangely emotional experience.

I registered as a Democrat back in 1995 when I was 20 years old to vote for Bill Clinton’s re-election.Read more ...

Former GOP Congressman Joe Scarborough, Now An Independent: ‘The Republican Party Cannot Be Saved’

Former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough appeared on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher this week and confirmed that he is done with the Republican Party.

Maher opened the interview by confirming that Scarborough considers himself an independent, and that it is his view that the Republican Party is now beyond saving.… Read more ...

Alaska State Representative Splits From GOP Caucus

A Republican member of the Alaska House of Representatives announced today that she will be serving as an “independent Republican” with no ties to either the 21-member coalition House majority (made up of Democrats and Independents) or the 18-member House Republican minority.

Representative Sara Rasmussen of Anchorage will become a caucus of one, in what appears to be a largely procedural move to secure a seat on the House Finance Committee.… Read more ...

New Mexico Legislator Quits GOP, Becomes Independent

New Mexico state representative Phelps Anderson split with his own party in a vote last week on the repeal of a 1969 law that criminalized abortion.

The Republican sided with seven Democrats on the legislature’s House Health and Human Services Committee in casting his vote to repeal the long-dormant abortion ban. 

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Senator Lisa Murkowski Flirts With Independence

Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski didn’t mince words when asked about her thoughts on the embattled president. The Republican Senator has had more than enough of Donald Trump.

“I want him to resign. I want him out. He has caused enough damage,” said Murkowski in a press availability at her Capitol office on Friday.… Read more ...

Virgil Goode quoted in National Journal article re: VA election

Speculation swirls around Virginia GOPer, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, running as an independent for Governor later this year. Popular conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will almost certainly be the Republican nominee. Virgil Goode, the former Constitution Party presidential candidate and a former VA GOP Congressman, observes, “I think (Cuccinelli) has got a lot of conservative support and I don’t think an independent candidate, unless they had a whole of a lot of money, would have much impact.”… Read more ...

Sobhani Scores 17% in US Senate Race in Maryland

Rob Sobhani spent more than $5 million of his own money in order to run for the US Senate in Maryland as an Independent. Sobhani faced three other candidates, the Democratic incumbent, Republican challenger, and Libertarian Party candidate Dean Ahmad.

With 99.8% of precincts reported, Sobhani has captured 17% of the vote, placing third.… Read more ...

Former Green Ben Chipman Re-Elected to Maine Legislature as Independent

Ben Chipman is a community organizer in Portland, Maine, and a former Green Party state legislator. In 2010 he switched his registration to Independent and ran for re-election as such in 2012. He was in a three-candidate race in the 119th House District in Maine and easily defeated both his Republican and Democratic opponents.… Read more ...

Independent Candidates Continue to Grow in Numbers in Rhode Island

The number of independent candidates running for various races in the state of Rhode Island has been increasing despite being a Democrat stronghold. Currently it is the only state to have an independent serving as governor, and the number of independent candidates have reached a record high of 37. Voter registration has been decreasing for the two major parties, and been increasing for independents.… Read more ...