Another Pointless Third Party Exercise

Michael Medved

11/29/2011 4:28:00 PM - Michael Medved
The political group "Americans Elect" has already raised millions and secured ballot slots in key states for a third party presidential campaign.



This scheme, however, stands little chance of winning statewide victories and gaining votes in the Electoral College—which no third party candidate has achieved since segregationist George Wallace 44 years ago.



Ross Perot's expensive '92 race, which drew 19% of the popular vote, still won no states or presidential electors. No third party contender has ever come close to winning, and only once—in 1824!—did a complicated four way race deny any candidate a majority, pushing the election to the House of Representatives.



This year, even if some minor party candidate won enough states and electoral votes to force the decision to the House, the Republican or the Democrat would still win since the two major parties exclusively dominate Congress.