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.


 Declared and Exploratory Third party and Independent Candidates 
   
Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Management and Market Research
Declared Independent Presidential Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author, Publisher, and Radio/TV host; Libertarian Activist
Declared 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.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Actor and Business Owner
Declared 2016 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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Conservative Christian and 2012 presidential candidate
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Bartender
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate Ryan Shepard
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
An average guy who worries that career politicians run the show, Ryan Shepard supports limiting all elected government positions to a single six-year term. He also has ideas for shoring up employment, education, and protecting the environment through abandoning fossil fuels and turning to renewable energy sources.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur, human rights activist
Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Computer Science and Political Studies expert
Declared Independent Presidential Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Author and CEO
Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Wall Street finance expert and serial entrepreneur
Declared Independent Presidential Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Ordained Bishop and God-First Man of Faith
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Activist
Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate Robert Steele
  Declared 2016 Independent Candidate
Briefly a candidate for the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2012, Robert Steele is a strong proponent of both electoral reform and the Open Source Everything initiative. He seeks to unite political outliers into an alliance strong enough to affect change – specifically, his proposed Electoral Reform Act.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Veteran and Spiritual Visionary
Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate 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.

Exploratory 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate
Physician, Reformer, Environmental Activist
Exploratory Green Party Presidential Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Farmer and retired jet pilot
Declared 2016 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.

Declared 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Ordained Minister
Declared Constitution Party 2016 Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 Reform Party Presidential Candidate
Management consultant and semi-retired professional engineer
Declared Reform Party Presidential 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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Strong Believer in the Middle Road
Declared 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.

Declared 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Licensed Physician
Declared Libertarian 2016 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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Executive Consultant
Declared Independent 2016 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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Educator and Man Of Faith
Declared 2016 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.”

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Entrepreneur
Declared Independent 2016 Candidate 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.

Declared 2016 America's Third Party Presidential Candidate
Intellectually Gifted Entrepreneur
Declared America's Third Party 2016 Candidate David Jon Sponheim
  Declared 2016 America
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.

Declared 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate
Citizen, entrepreneur, advocate for equal treatment for all
Declared Independent Presidential Candidate 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.


 Potential Third party and Independent Candidates 
   
Potential 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Libertarian activist and former Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee
Possible Libertarian Presidential Candidate R. Lee Wrights
  Potential 2016 Libertarian Candidate

The Tar Heel Libertarian has been an ever-present name in Libertarian circles and served as Vice-Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. The former sergeant with the U.S. Air Force proclaimed, “I am still a warrior, but I am not at war”, a clear indication of his anti-war stance.

Potential 2016 Green Party Presidential Candidate
Former U.S. Representative from Georgia
Possible Green Party Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney
  Potential 2016 Green Party Candidate

The former Democrat became the first ever female Africa-American from Georgia to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives after being elected to represent the state's 4th District in 1996. She would go on to serve a total of six terms in the House.

Potential 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
Former Governor of New Mexico
Potential 2016 Libertarian Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson
  Potential 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.

Potential 2016 Constitution Party Presidential Candidate
Pastor, theologian, political activist, radio talk show host
Possible Constitution Party Presidential Candidate Chuck Baldwin
  Potential 2016 Constitution Party Candidate

Reverend Chuck Baldwin left the Republican Party in 2000 in protest against the candidacy and campaign platform of former president George W. Bush. In 2008, Dr. Baldwin became the presidential nominee of the Constitution Party.






 

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