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Third Party Candidates

Nnamdi Lamumba of Ujima's People's Progress Party (at podium) and Kevin Zeese of Popular Resistance were among the presenters at the LCIP forum in Middleburg Heights.
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Arguing that America’s two-party political system has failed, a Northeast Ohio group is pushing to elect more third-party candidates. And it’s starting next year at the local level.

Third Party Candidates

Nov 6, 2019
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Third-party candidates aren’t new. Even before the modern Democratic and Republican parties staked out their territory in the American political landscape, candidates outside the mainstream have waged challenges to the status quo. 

Most of the time, they lose. 

But they do matter. 

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher: the history and future of third-party candidates in the American political system.

Guests:

The Green Party and the Libertarian Party of Ohio appear to be on the verge of no longer being recognized as minor parties, based on the results of last week’s vote and a state law from 2013.

This year’s presidential election pits two major party nominees with historically low unfavorable ratings against one another. This seems to be creating more than a little interest in third and minor party candidates. Now an anti-Donald Trump group is trying to create what they think is a win-win system for Ohio voters frustrated with their choices. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Sep 12, 2016
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Clinton and Trump continue to battle it out in Ohio, while voters interest in third party candidates is increasing.  Medical marijuana is now legal in the state, but it could take up to two years before patients can get their hands on the drug. Also, a new abortion proposal could make it's way to the ballot.