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View Diary: Libertarians provided the margin for Democrats in at least nine elections (125 comments)

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  •  Fallacy alert (2+ / 0-)
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    stevemb, ConcernedCitizenYouBet

    The “spoiler” fallacy incorrectly assumes votes belong to one of only two political candidates. No candidate "steals votes" from a different candidate. A vote is given by a voter to whomever that voter chooses. No vote is taken from anyone because no vote is granted in advance of it being cast. If there are more than two choices, the election is still decided based on the total numbers of votes gained by each candidate. When enough voters choose something other than a D or an R candidate, then a candidate other than the usual D and R candidates will win the election.  

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