The Hill: Third Party Threat Real

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

From Kevin Cirilli writing at The Hill:

While Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump may have ruled it out, both political parties have reason to fear a third-party candidate in 2016.

The conditions appear ripe for a candidate to launch a bid from outside of the Democratic and Republican parties, with voters showing a deep dissatisfaction with Washington and relative outsiders dominating the crowded GOP field.

To be sure, hardly anyone thinks that a third-party candidate could actually win the White House. But there is little doubt that a late entrant could singlehandedly doom one of the other two nominees by siphoning off even a small fraction of votes.

Third–party candidates have hurt both Democrats and Republicans in recent elections. Many think Ralph Nader cost Al Gore the election in 2000, while others believe Ross Perot kept George H. W. Bush from being reelected in 1990.

“Nobody knows for sure, but it could definitely happen,” Nader said Thursday of the prospect of a third-party entrant in the 2016 race.

Read the rest of the story at The Hill.