If Republicans and Democrats are the meat and potatoes of American politics, then third parties are bland hunks of bread: They can impact the overall experience and perhaps even make it more satisfying, but they usually aren't particularly exciting alone and most people wouldn't miss them if they were gone. It isn't all that kind or flattering to the people who work hard at campaigning under a little-known banner, but it's the truth. The United States electoral process functions as a two-party system; it's easy to see third parties in the US as being about as meaningful as a third wheel on a bicycle.

But it would be a mistake to discount them completely. Third parties can have a powerful effect on elections, sometimes simply by enticing the two-party base. While neither Republican nor Democratic, third parties often have an ideology that appeals to many within those larger tents, especially “fringe” elements who may have come to feel disenfranchised by their main party's direction. Such people can easily be compelled to split off, at least for a cycle. The potential for that gives elephants and donkeys everywhere nightmares, and its impact can be devastating.

This effect can be seen in the presidential election of 1912, when Theodore Roosevelt – who had already served nearly two full terms previously – was frustrated by the Republican party's refusal to nominate him again, and formed the Progressive Party in protest. Informally nicknamed the “Bull Moose Party” in honor of Roosevelt himself, this group lured a wealth of his supporters away from the Republicans, and while neither the GOP nor the Bull Mooses prevailed in the election, the Democrats running Woodrow Wilson did – because Roosevelt's group sucked up nearly a quarter of the popular vote, and almost all of that came at Republican expense.

More recent examples of this phenomenon include billionaire Ross Perot, whose Reform Party seriously harassed incumbent President George H.W. Bush's reelection campaign in 1992, and Ralph Nader, whose efforts as the Green Party's nominee in the historically close 2000 election almost certainly siphoned off enough votes from the Democratic ticket to sink Al Gore.

Republican and Democratic faithfuls are known for heaping scorn on third parties and their supporters, ironically not when their ideologies clash, but when they are similar enough to cost the main party support at the ballot box. And what's interesting is that the people casting those third party votes very often aren't sorry when they derail a party they would otherwise have backed. They went third party for a reason. Dissatisfied with the behavior of their more familiar group, they sought to send their leaders a message. And from the perspective of Republican and Democratic management, when that message arrives right after the one informing them that they've lost an election, it's hard not to take third parties seriously.

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2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Conservative Christian and 2012 presidential candidate
Independent Candidate 2016 David Holcomb
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Residing in Springfield Nebraska, David is a lawyer who specializes in family law. Holcomb describes himself as conservative, Christian, pro-life, and pro-Second Amendment. His presidential run as an independent didn't gain much traction in 2012.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author and CEO
Libertarian Presidential Candidate 2016 Steve Kerbel
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
No fan of either the Republican or Democrat parties, Steve Kerbel holds to a defiantly Libertarian platform. He believes in personal freedom and accountability, with the absolute minimum of government necessary to keep the nation running. Kerbel is a pro-business candidate.

2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Farmer and retired jet pilot
Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Chad Koppie
  Declared 2016 Constitution Party Candidate
A salt-of-the-earth farmer from birth right up to the present day, Chad Koppie is a tried and true conservative. From gun rights to abortion opposition to the importance of faith, there are few surprises in his ideology, making him a good fit for heartland voters.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Software Engineer
Independent Presidential Candidate David Boarman
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
David Boarman has always believed in the Christian God – he just never acted like it until the age of 44, when a personal crisis brought on an intense devotion to his faith. Today, he's running for President because he's convinced that's what Gods wants him to do. He's a right-wing candidate with a strong emphasis on religious freedom.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Actor and Business Owner
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Cecil Ince
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
An actor who makes his living pretending to be other people, Cecil Ince's desire to be President is very real. He's a Libertarian who frowns on encroachments upon personal liberty, and worries that the United States is taking an unhealthy globalist attitude in world affairs.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Owner of Stonegait LLC
2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Austin Petersen
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
From the farms of Missouri, Austin Petersen has risen to own and manage his own media company. His policies are solidly Libertarian, and he is even preparing for the formation of a “transitional government” to facilitate the switch to a more constitutionally-founded United States.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
The Real Grandmaster Jay
2016 Independent Candidate  John Fitzgerald Johnson
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
John Fitzgerald Johnson, also known as “The Real Grandmaster Jay” to fans of his musical work, is a civil rights activist with strong feelings on addressing police brutality. Politically left of center, he's also an advocate of woman's rights and greatly sympathizes with the plight of illegal immigrants.

2016 Veterans Party of America Presidential Nominee
Aircraft Maintenance Professional
Veterans Party of America Presidential Candidate 2016 Chris Keniston
  Declared 2016 Veterans Party of America Candidate
Chris Keniston is a former military man, the third in a line of military service members in his bloodline dating back to his grandfather. His primary focus is on the creation of jobs, and his proposals for accomplishing this concern encouraging business and reforming the existing tax code – including by repeal of the 16th Amendment.

2016 Constitutionist Party Presidential Candidate
Middle Class Citizen
Constitutionist Party Presidential Candidate 2016 James
  Declared 2016 Constitutionist Party Candidate
The Constitutionist Party's candidate doesn't offer much on his qualifications, be they academic or professional. But as his party's name implies, he's big on upholding the Constitution, which to him means limiting the power and scope of the federal government and respecting foreign nations to handle their own governmental affairs.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Ordained Bishop and God-First Man of Faith
Independent Candidate 2016 Bishop Julian Lewis, Jr.
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Having spent most of his life in the service of God, Julian Lewis, Jr places his faith before all else. He believes that the will of God can and does inform a leader's policy decisions, and he has even spoken unfavorably about the separation of Church and State.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New Mexico
2016 Libertarian Candidate  Gary Johnson
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
The ex-construction company owner governed New Mexico for eight years, during which time, the state’s deficit was wiped out - without the aid of any new tax increases. He also memorably vetoed over 750 pieces of legislations to keep a check on the state government’s spending.

2016 Reform Party Presidential Candidate
Management consultant and semi-retired professional engineer
2016 Reform Party Candidate  Ken Cross
  Declared 2016 Reform Party Candidate
A member of the Reform party and fiscal conservative, Kenneth Cross confidently asserts that he has been studying politics throughout his entire life. He is a trained engineer, who presently works as a management consultant, and has owned three different small businesses.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Veteran and Spiritual Visionary
Libertarian Presidential Candidate 2016 Joy Waymire
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
Joy Waymire is a Godly woman who believes the Lord has shown her the way, even to the point of healing a slew of incurable medical conditions from which she once suffered. Politically, she is a straight-laced Libertarian, calling for little government and maximum personal freedom.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
2016 Independent Candidate  Robert Dionisio
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Robert Dionisio is a prolific business owner, starting as a little boy when he would collect forgotten litter and earn money turning it in for recycling. A critic of both major political parties, he\'s nevertheless a right-leaning presidential candidate, with budget reform intentions and a strong support of gun rights.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author, Publisher, and Radio/TV host; Libertarian Activist
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Darryl Perry
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
The 36-year old author, publisher, and radio/TV host already has more than 15 years of political activity behind him. Perry is a textbook libertarian, advocating drastic reduction of the powers of the Federal Government, while granting more power to the individual.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Lead Minister of Saint Valentine's Christian Church
Independent Candidate 2016 Martin Hahn
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
If you ask Martin Hahn, Republicans and Democrats are too concerned with battling each other to busy themselves with getting the people's work done.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Woman of Faith
2016 Independent Candidate  Shawna Sterling
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Shawna Sterling has opinions all her own, even on matters which might not generally be considered up for debate. She blames GMOs above all else for childhood obesity, and pledges to eliminate their use in school cafeteria food. Otherwise, she is generally conservative, with a strong faith and strict opposition to abortion.

2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Counselor and founder of the Alaska Constitution Party
Constitution Party Presidential Candidate J.R. Myers
  Declared 2016 Constitution Party Candidate
Though born in Montana, J.R. Myers considers Alaska his home, and even sought the governorship of that state before now going for the big chair of President of the United States. He's also chasing two party nominations for the latter goal. He's a conservative fellow and a man of faith, without much for leftists.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Computer Science and Political Studies expert
Independent Candidate 2016 Tami Stainfield
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
After living in nine different states, visiting twenty-nine countries all over the world, and living and studying in Africa for more than five years, the independent candidate Tami Stainfield is definitely an Anti-Globalist who has traveled the globe.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Middle-Class Working Person
2016 Independent Candidate  Perry Morcom
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Perry Morcom is no fan of the Electoral College; the Texas working man wants it eliminated, and the President chosen strictly by popular vote. He's also against congressmen and Senators serving more than eight years in office. Driven by compassion, he wants to help rather than deport illegal immigrants.

2016 America's Third Party Presidential Candidate
Intellectually Gifted Entrepreneur
2016 America's Third Party Candidate  David Jon Sponheim
It's easy to think of incidents in American history that may have turned out better had the President at the time enjoyed an IQ score of 185, and that's just what David Sponheim brings to the table. Disillusioned with Democrats with whom he identified for decades, he's started his own party – and he has some big ideas.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Educator and Man Of Faith
Independent Presidential Candidate Mark Pendleton
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Mark Pendelton is a man of the people and a person of great faith. He has stumbled and made common mistakes, and that gives him the ability to connect with ordinary Americans. His mantra is “give me one term and I will put the government back in the hands of the people.”

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Wall Street finance expert and serial entrepreneur
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 Scott Smith
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
With extensive experience working with money on Wall Street, as well as a prolific businessman, Scott Smith wishes to enact economic policies that veer right even of most dyed-in-the-wool conservatives. His goals are dubious, but his confidence is unshakable.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Lawyer and Engineer
Libertarian Presidential Candidate 2016 Derrick Michael Reid
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
A hard worker with a bright mind that has brought him great academic advancement, Derrick Michael Reid is more at home solving equations than discussing politics. He has some fervent political opinions, mostly focusing on personal liberty, but his difficulties in communicating them promise to be a liability.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Insurance Manager
Independent Presidential Candidate Daniel Zutler
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Daniel Zutler is not optimistic about the structure of the United States – he believes we live under a system that is irrevocably broken, impossible of repair. As such, he calls for starting over completely, based on the Constitution as it was originally written and intended. Most of his policies come down right-of-center.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Veteran and Electrical Servicing Business Owner
Independent Candidate 2016 Art Drew
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Art Drew is a Vietnam veteran who has owned his own business. He's also from a rural farming area, where he learned hard work and an appreciation for people who cultivate the land. His policies are non-extreme, and find their most comfortable reception in the political center.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Strong Believer in the Middle Road
2016 Independent Presidential Candidate Mark Dutter
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Mark J. Dutter is an Independent from Spearfish, South Dakota with a strongly centrist platform, he is disappointed in both the Republican and Democratic parties, believing that candidates from each caucus put party before country, are beholden to big business interests, or both.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Management and Market Research
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 Ed Baker
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Dissatisfied with the job done by entrenched career politicians from both parties, Ed Baker has bold ideas to resolve a variety of issues including crime, spending and immigration. Conservatives, independents and progressives can all find common ground with at least one of Bakers positions.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Citizen, entrepreneur, advocate for equal treatment for all
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 Samm Tittle
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Samm Tittle is an advocate for everything that made America great. As an experienced entrepreneur, Tittle understands that when given a job and an equal playing field, an individual can achieve great things. As a citizen politician, she believes in truth in government and equal rights for all.

2016 Humane Party Presidential Candidate
Humane Party Nominee
Humane Party Presidential Candidate 2016 Clifton Roberts
  Declared 2016 Humane Party Candidate
Representing the Humane party, Clifton Roberts is all about animal rights. He himself is a vegan, and believes in banning the slaughter of animals for food. He also supports sustainable energy, environmental protection policies, and an end to the death penalty, among other left-wing initiatives.

2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate
Physician, Reformer, Environmental Activist
Green Party Presidential Candidate 2016 Jill Stein
  Declared 2016 Green Party Candidate
Jill Stein is no stranger to national politics. As the Green Party nominee in 2012, she understands the rigors of a national campaign. Stein is a fierce advocate for the environment and believes that investments in green issues can propel the American people and economy forward.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, human rights activist
Independent Candidate 2016 Paul Chehade
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
The Delaware-born Chehade is an idealist. A successful entrepreneur, Mr. Chehade is also the chairman of the non-profit organization Solidary Foundation, which is dedicated towards providing food, education and other critical support services to needy communities the world over.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Anti-Virus Pioneer and Privacy Advocate
Libertarian Presidential Candidate 2016 John McAfee
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
John McAfee has a questionable legal past marked by a murder investigation, but his professional contributions command respect. He developed the first commercial anti-virus software for computers, building a successful company on his accomplishment. He is running for president on a platform that emphasizes technology and privacy.

2016 Socialist Party USA Presidential Candidate
Community Organizer
Socialist Party USA Candidate 2016 Dean Capone
  Declared 2016 Socialist Party USA Candidate
Dean Capone doesn't share much about his personal history, but he's vocal on his political beliefs. A proud Socialist, he calls for a Universal Basic Income, a strongly unionized workforce, and the nationalization of the penal system. He says that socialism is more popular than many people realize.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Veteran and former Gymnast
2016 Independent Candidate  Terry W. Wheelock
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Terry Wheelock is a former competitive gymnast who believes he's got the moves to be the next president. He's his own candidate, running on a platform that fits on neither the left nor right side of the political spectrum – instead, he borrows ideas from each.

2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Licensed Physician
Libertarian Presidential Candidate Marc Feldman
  Declared 2016 Libertarian Candidate
A minor candidate without a large financial backing, Marc Allan Feldman questions the prevailing wisdom that deep pockets are a prerequisite to victory in politics, contending that “votes are not for sale”. He is a Libertarian and opposes the fiscal policies of both major parties.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Music Lover
Independent Presidential Candidate Brian Briggs
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Brian Briggs fancies himself the “average guy” that America needs as President. An Independent, he is beholden to neither major party, and his platform borrows from both. He's on the right side of the spectrum on gun control and his feelings towards Obamacare, but he has leftist attitudes on workers' rights.

2016 Transhumanist Party Presidential Candidate
Futurist, philosopher, speaker and journalist
Transhumanist Party Presidential Candidate Zoltan Istvan
  Declared 2016 Transhumanist Party Candidate
It's all about technology for Transhumanist Party founder and presidential nominee Zoltan Istvan. His main priority is the allocation of funding for research scientists to develop augmentations for the human body that will destroy disease, enhance natural senses, and even conquer the specter of death.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Bus Driver
Independent Candidate 2016 Benjamin Weigel
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Benjamin Weigel is a Marine who saw action in Iraq, and retired from service due to his injuries. He remains strongly pro-military and believes the nation would be best served by a President who has served – which, he notes, most of Congress has not done. He is a right-of-center candidate.

2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Ordained Minister
Constitution Party Candidate 2016 Scott Copeland
  Declared 2016 Constitution Party Candidate
An ordained minister and member of the religious Constitution party, Scott Copeland puts God first and believes that Judeo-Christian values are the foundation of the US. He's totally unambiguous, and it's easy to see both the sort of people who will support him, and those by whom he will be opposed.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Independent Presidential Candidate 2016 Jeremiah Pent
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Without going into details, Jeremiah Pent speaks at length about solving the nation's problems, especially social disunity and the staggering national debt. Like many other independents and third-party candidates, he worries that the Republicans and Democrats have become too powerful.

2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Executive Consultant
2016 Independent Candidate  Lynn Sandra Kahn
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Lynn Sandra Kahn boasts over 30 years of experience in the fields of government reform and conflict resolution. She touts a comprehensive 7-track strategy for achieving the goals of her platform: Fix government, build peace.

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