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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Washington – 15 April 2024
4. 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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Wetumpka, Alabama – 8 November 1966
5. STILL of former presidential candidate George C. Wallace campaigning
 
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Los Angeles, California – 1 June 1996
6. STILL of former presidential candidate Ross Perot campaigning
 
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Waterbury, Connecticut – 27 April 2008
7. STILL of Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader
 
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Oakland, California – 6 October 2016
8. STILL of Green party presidential candidate Jill Stein at event
 
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New York – 9 April 2024
9. 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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Derry, New Hampshire – 23 January 2024
10. Various of ballot counting
 
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Washington – 13 July 2013
11. STILL of people holding No Labels signs outside the U.S. Capitol building
 
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Washington – 18 January 2024
12. STILL of No Labels leadership and guest at event
 
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Washington – 13 July 2013
13. Various, STILLS of No Labels signs outside the U.S. Capitol building
 
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Washington – 15 April 2024
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Prof. David Barker, American University Department of Government:
“People tend to view voting for a third party as having a spoiler effect. And at this particular moment in history, when polarization is so strong and partisans on each side, or even people who don’t necessarily like to think of themselves as partisans, but kind of identify or lean more towards either the left or the right direction are so afraid of the other party like being in power that they don’t want to do anything that they think that might contribute to that.”
 
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New York – 15 April 2024
15. Various Dueling protestors outside the Supreme Court
 
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New York – 9 April 2024
16. SOUNDBITE (English) Ryan Clancy, No Labels Chief Strategist:
“They have gotten into this habit of just demonizing the emergence of any third party option. They just say it’s a spoiler. You’re going to ruin the election. You’re going to pull votes disproportionately from one candidate, or the other. At no point do they ever seem to look in the mirror and ask themselves, why is there such an appetite for these alternative options in the first place?”
 
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Washington  – 1904
17. STILL of Theodore Roosevelt campaigning
 
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Washington – 7 October 19996
 

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