Julia Azari: The States That Love (And Hate) Third-Party Candidates


Ralph Nader, pictured in 2008, whose best state in 2000 was Alaska (Photo: Wikipedia)

By Julia Azari, FiveThirtyEight.com, July 6th, 2016:

One possible result of the bizarre year we’re having in American politics — particularly the low popularity ratings of the two major candidates — is that third parties may benefit.

Polls this year show slight evidence that third-party candidates might have a stronger showing than usual. An ABC News/Washington Post poll on June 26 revealed that Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein received about 7 and 3 percent support, respectively, from voters presented with their names as alternatives. Although the winner-take-all nature of most states in the Electoral College makes it very difficult for third parties to win the White House, third-party candidates emerge periodically, and sometimes they may even influence the election outcome in a spoiler role.

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