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  •  I'd be very careful with voting third party. (4+ / 0-)

    In Maine we too have third parties.

    During the last gubernatorial race in 2010 we had five candidates running. Three were third party candidates. Of those three, only one was a serious challenge to either the Republican or Democratic candidates.

    Because the third party candidate and Democrat split the Independent and Democratic vote, we're now blessed with the nightmare that is our current Tea Party Republican Governor.

    I doubt any third party candidate will be getting serious votes again for a long time because of that.

    Oh, and by the way, I don't think you're allowed to advocate for third party candidates here.

    "Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism." Hubert H. Humphrey

    by Onomastic on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 10:41:51 PM PDT

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    •  The problem is first-past-the-post elections (0+ / 0-)

      which are subject to Duverger's Law.

      The thing is, if the party realignment doesn't happen due to people mindlessly voting "Republican" and "Democrat" even when they detest both candidates, the next most likely possibility is civil war, which is not a good option.  Heck, the last party realignment, there was a civil war anyway

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