Third Party Spoilers

  • MuscleUp

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    Aug 30, 2008 2:47 AM GMT
    Does anyone vote third party? If so, what is your motivation when you know your candidate will not win?

    Many argue a valid case that Nader took away Florida and New Hampshire from Gore in 2000. Eight years later would they have changed their vote?

    There aren't any big third party candidates running in 2008 but none the less they are out there. Will they take away votes from either McCain or Obama and sway the outcome which will be a very close election?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 30, 2008 3:16 AM GMT
    I think third parties can be helpful, but they can be spoilers. The point many would vote that way would be to vote their concerns, especially since the major two parties may not address their individual concerns. Fortunately this year it doesn't look any 3rd party is going to have a major impact...
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    Aug 30, 2008 3:30 AM GMT
    I'm watching Bob Barr's influence as spoiler here in Georgia, very likely siphoning votes from McCain
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    Aug 30, 2008 3:43 AM GMT
    I am noticing that the news is giving no attention to the 3 partiers this time. I am sure cuz they dont Nader to screw with Obamas votes.
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    Aug 30, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    I will probably vote for a third party candidate if it looks like Obama is a sure winner in the State of Washington. Democrats have carried the state easily for the last four or more Presidential Elections. If it looks like it will be a close race in the state for the Electoral votes, then I will have to consider voting for Obama but I am only committing to consideration.

    It is always said that third party candidates are spoilers, but there is no proof of that. People who say that assume that any one who votes for a third party candidate would automatically vote for another candidate in the same wing of the political spectrum if their candidate was not running. But, that is not necessarily true. Many of those people would not vote at all and are only voting because they feel that someone is actually representing their ideals. Afterall, this is not Australia, people in the USA do not have to vote.

    I think that the two party system that is so ingrained in American politics is one of the reasons why the country is having such a hard time changing.