Why third-party candidates struggle to break through U.S. elections

(18 Apr 2024)
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West Des Moines, Iowa – 13 April 2024
1. STILL of Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr
 
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United States – 10 February 1963
2. STILL of Robert F. Kennedy and family
 
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Oakland, California – 26 March 2024
3. STILL of Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and running mate Nicole Shanahan

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Wetumpka, Alabama – 8 November 1966
4. STILL of former presidential candidate George C. Wallace campaigning
 
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Los Angeles, California – 1 June 1996
5. STILL of former presidential candidate Ross Perot campaigning
 
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Waterbury, Connecticut – 27 April 2008
6. STILL of Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader
 
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Oakland, California – 6 October 2016
7. STILL of Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein at event

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Washington – 15 April 2024
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8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pesoli, Associated Press:
“Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is running as an Independent in the 2024 presidential election. From a famous family lineage in American politics, he’s got the name recognition. He’s also picked his Vice-Presidential running mate and is working toward ballot access in states across the country. But Kennedy, like other third-party candidates in American history, faces an uphill battle to break through the two-party system.”

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Derry, New Hampshire – 23 January 2024
9. Ballot counting underway

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Washington – 15 April 2024
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10. SOUNDBITE (English) Prof. David Barker, American University Department of Government:
“So there are a couple of reasons why it’s so difficult for third parties to emerge and succeed in an election cycle. And, and the biggest part of that really has to do with our electoral system.”

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Washington – 15 April 2024
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Pesoli, Associated Press:
“The centrist group No Labels recently ended it’s effort to field a  presidential candidate in the 2024 election. It comes months after No Labels failed to find a high profile candidate willing to lead a so called unity ticket.”

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Washington – 13 July 2013
12. STILL of people holding No Labels signs outside the U.S. Capitol building
 
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Washington – 18 January 2024
13. STILL of No Labels leadership and guest at event
 
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Washington – 13 July 2013
14. STILL of No Labels signs outside the U.S. Capitol building

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New York – 9 April 2024
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15. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Clancy, No Labels Chief Strategist:
“You know that because the Electoral College at the state level is winner take all, and what that means is in a multi-candidate race, so let’s say you got three candidates, you don’t have to win 50% of the vote. You win 34 or 35, 36% of the vote, you get 100% of the electoral votes that come with that state. So that was actually part of the reason why if we could have found the right unity ticket we did think they have had a path to rack up electoral votes in the end.”
 
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New York – 15 April 2024
16. Various Dueling protestors outside the Supreme Court
 
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17. SOUNDBITE (English) Prof. David Barker, American University Department of Government:

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18. STILL of Theodore Roosevelt campaigning
 
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