Two 3rd party candidates could derail Romney

Discussion in 'Politics' started by AK Forty Seven, Aug 9, 2012.


    The third-party candidate who could derail Mitt Romney

    A virtually unknown presidential candidate in Virginia could derail Mitt Romney’s bid for president. But how rare is it for a third-party candidate to influence a race for president?

    Currently, Virgil Goode, a candidate running in Virginia, has about 9 percent of the projected vote in the upcoming November election, according to polling data.

    With Mitt Romney needing Virginia—especially if President Barack Obama can take Ohio or Florida—Goode could become the little-known spoiler in the national election.

    The former congressman has a strong enough following in rural Virginia to take votes away from Romney, and Goode has no plans to end his low-budget campaign.

    Speaking with a TV station in Lynchburg, Goode said he wanted to take votes away from both candidates. He hopes to be added to a ballot in late August, as a Constitution Party candidate.

    Not surprisingly, there are already challenges to Goode’s petition effort to get on the Virginia ballot. The state’s Virginia Board of Elections said on Monday it will investigate signatures on petitions. Goode’s campaign told the Huffington Post that investigation was political in nature.

    “Nobody has ever asked any questions about our ballots or anything like that until Congressman Goode is doing well in the polls in Virginia,” said Mitch Turner.

    In the past, third-party or independent candidates have affected the presidential election.

    Gary Johnson Is Playing Spoiler To Romney In New Mexico

    Here's a new poll by Patriot Majority USA that shows how much of an effect Gary Johnson could have on Mitt Romney's vote in potential swing-state New Mexico this November.

    Craig Varoga, Patriot Majority USA's president, is a prominent Democratic strategist. There are no details on the breakdown of votes. So take this with a little grain of salt until full details are released. But Johnson cuts in pretty significantly to Romney's core demographics.

    The topline results: Obama 48, Romney 35, Johnson 12.

    Few polls have accounted for Johnson as a specific alternative to Obama and Romney. Johnson is the Libertarian Party candidate in the 2012 election and the former Governor of New Mexico.

    There are a few significant areas where Romney sees his lead drastically shrink because of the presence of Johnson.

    PPP Survey Shows Gary Johnson Polling at 9% in Arizona

    By Austin Cassidy on May 24, 2012

    A new poll out from Public Policy Polling shows former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee for President, with 9% of the vote in Arizona. This follows other PPP surveys that have shown Johnson polling similarly well — high single digits — in states like Montana, New Hampshire and North Carolina. The only state where Johnson has cracked into double-digits thus far is New Mexico.

    The poll asked voters: “If the candidates for President this year were Democrat Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romney, and Libertarian Gary Johnson, who would you vote for?”

    And the results showed likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney with a slight lead over President Obama.

    Mitt Romney (R) …………….. 45%
    Barack Obama (D) …………… 41%
    Gary Johnson (L) ……………. 9%
    Undecided …………………….. 6% [
  3. wildchild


    Even with the third party candidate Obama is still losing.
  4. Johnson puts a state that is normally in the bag for the GOP into play.Even if Mitt wins it he will have to put time and resources defending a state he shouldn't have to
  5. jem


    the economy and the exodus from the democratic party is putting states in play which the polls are not even picking up.
  6. what happened to the wingnut favorite ron paul? he isnt a threat anymore?
  7. loik


    As a republican candidate?